Permits for Importation of U.S. EPA Registered Biopesticide

Permits for Importation of U.S. EPA Registered Biopesticide

General Permits
APHIS issues general permits for the importation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered biopesticides manufactured overseas and imported by domestic pesticide producers. The movement and use of registered biopesticides within the United States, regulated by the EPA, are low-risk and unlikely to have a negative impact on plant health. The issuance of permits for these biopesticides reduces the regulatory burden on biopesticide manufacturers and researchers while providing appropriate safeguarding measures.

General permits will be enforceable through the PPQ-526 permit.  

  • All shipments must meet permit conditions.
  • All shipments must be accompanied with an EPA-issued notice of arrival and a certificate of analysis issued by an analytical laboratory located in the country of origin and in accordance with quality control procedures approved by the EPA within 90 days of arrival at the port of entry. 

With the fulfillment of these requirements, inspections at APHIS Plant Inspection Stations will not be required and, therefore, red and white labels will not be issued for shipments. APHIS will issue the general permit through the ePermits database and notification system in five business days after the application is submitted. 

How to Apply
APHIS has prepared a screen-fillable form for the general permit applicant to populate with the name of the biopesticide, contact information, and other required information such as the scientific name and strain for each biopesticide listed in Fields 4 - 6A and 4 – 6B, respectively. The applicant must also include an email address in Field 1. 

The following screen-fillable form is best viewed in Internet Explorer.  If unable to submit the form through your browser, please save a copy of the form to your computer or network drive to complete and submit the application via email to

By clicking the "Submit Application" button and sending the system generated email and application, without revision or modification, the applicant agrees to comply with all the permit conditions.  The applicant should save a copy of the application and correspondence. APHIS will send the general permit to the email address provided in Field 1 of the application. 

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