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Prohibited Material for Research Purposes FAQ's

Q. How long does it take for a controlled import permit (CIP) to be issued?
A. It can take up to 60 days for a permit to be processed. Please apply 60 days before your first shipment arrives.

Q. Do I need to apply for a CIP for every shipment?
A. Yes. A permit is required for each shipment. Permit conditions for the importation of prohibited plant materials are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may change to ensure that the plant pest risks associated with the plant material and its intended use are effectively mitigated. You should renew existing permits at least 30 days before the expiration date.

Q. How much does a CIP cost?
A. At this time, there is no charge for a CIP.

Q. Can companies outside the United States apply for a CIP?
A. Individuals or entities applying for a CIP must be able to furnish the following information: name, address in the United States, and contact information of the applicant.

Q. What type of permit do I need to import plant material that requires post-entry quarantine?
Apply for a PPQ 546 AGREEMENT FOR POSTENTRY QUARANTINE STATE SCREENING NOTICE. You do not need to submit a PPQ Form 588 application. However, approved 546 applications will receive a Controlled Import Permit for Postentry Quarantine. The permit will allow for a specific import as regulated by 7 CFR319.37-7 and 319.6.

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