Q. How can I apply for a timber import permit?
A. You can apply online via APHIS eFile.
Q. How long does it take for a permit to be issued?
A. It can take up to 30 days for a permit to be processed. Please apply 30 days before your first shipment arrives.
Q. What types of wood products need to be fumigated?
A . All tropical hardwood logs and lumber with bark are to be fumigated before importation into the United States.
Q. Are any wood products
A . Yes. All logs, lumber, and other unmanufactured wood products, (with or without bark), are not authorized from areas in Asia that are east of 60 East Longitude and North of the Tropic of Cancer. However, kiln dried lumber and debarked logs that have been heat treated to 71.1 degrees Celsius, throughout the profile of the wood including the center, and maintained for a minimum of 75 minutes, are allowed entry with a written permit and proof of treatment.
Q. Are there any special conditions for wood products?
A . Yes. All raw softwood lumber, without bark, must be consigned to an approved facility operating under a valid compliance agreement with Plant Protection and Quarantine at the time the lumber is imported. Lumber must be heat treated within 30 days from the time the lumber is released from the port of first arrival.
The only softwood logs allowed entry are Pinus radiata and Pseudotsuga menziesii from New Zealand, and Pinus radiata from Chile. Shipments must also be consigned to an approved facility operating under a valid compliance agreement with Plant Protection and Quarantine at the time the logs are imported and be heat treated within 30 days.
Q. Which woods are endangered and regulated under CITES?
A. The following website has the current list of endangered woods: http://www.fws.gov/international/plants/current-cites-listings-of-tree-species.html
Q. Can companies outside the United States apply for a permit?
A. No. We only issue permits to U.S. companies with valid U.S. street addresses.
Q. How much does the permit cost?
A. At this time, there is no fee. In the future there may be charges for all import permits.