The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-APHIS-PPQ) provides phytosanitary certification of both U.S. and foreign-origin agricultural commodities. The export program does not require certification of any U.S. exports, but rather provides certification of commodities as a service to U.S. exporters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about the phytosanitary certification of agricultural commodities and processed plant products.
Export Certification Specialists [Plants and/or Plant Products]
For questions related to the export program for plants and/or plant products, please contact the Export Certification Specialist in your State or the State of export.
CITES (Endangered Plant Species)
(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA))
If you are in the business of exporting or re-exporting CITES or ESA regulated plants and plant products, USDA regulation 7 CFR 355 requires that you possess a valid USDA Protected Plant Permit (PPQ 621 – Application for Protected Plant Permit to Engage in the Business of Importing, Exporting, or Re-exporting Terrestrial Plants)