Controlled Import Permits

Controlled Import Permits

Controlled Import Permits (CIPs) to Import Plants or Plant Products for Experimental, Therapeutic, or Developmental Purposes

A Controlled Import Permit (CIP) may be issued to authorize the importation of an article whose importation is prohibited or restricted. To identify if a plant is prohibited/restricted check the Plants for Planting Manual. CIPs are intended for plants imported for:

  • Experimental purposes: Scientific testing to collect data and perform analytical processes under controlled conditions;
  • Therapeutic purposes: Specific scientific processes designed to eliminate, isolate, or remove potential plant pests or diseases;
  • Developmental purposes: Evaluate, monitor, or verify plant material for plant health risks and/or the adaptability of plant material for certain uses or environments.  

The stringency of measures required by CIPs varies depending on the risk posed by the imported plant material. The intended use of the imported plant material affects risk. Plant material may be imported for destructive analysis; for limited propagation where the imported material is destroyed at the end of the trial, or for propagation after testing and release from quarantine. For further information on the regulations related to CIPs see: 7CFR 319.6, 319.8-19, 319.8-20, 319.15, 319.24 (b), 319.37-2 (a) & (c), 319.40-2(d), 319.41, and 319.55.

To request a CIP submit a PPQ Form 588 application. Applications may be faxed to (301) 734-8529 or submitted via the Web-based electronic permitting system called ePermits (requires eAuthentication). We encourage using online application for a faster application process.

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