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Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements (ACIR)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a new database called “Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements” (ACIR). On October 1, 2022, APHIS retired the Fruits and Vegetables Import Requirements (FAVIR) database. The ACIR database is the official location for import requirements for fruit and vegetable imports. ACIR gives users a simple search interface for finding and displaying import requirements for agricultural commodities.

ACIR provides a single source to search for and retrieve entry requirements for imported commodities. ACIR information includes treatment schedules, inspection procedures, and other necessary information to determine admissibility, without the need to access multiple manuals. Users can check ACIR to see if they need to apply for a permit. APHIS’ eFile system for permit, license, and registration applications uses the ACIR import requirement data when processing plant and plant product permit applications.

APHIS’ ACIR benefits include:

  • A user-friendly search tool for commodity import information
  • All relevant import requirements for a given commodity presented in one place
  • Self-service responses to entry requirement questions

Reference Guides and Tutorials

APHIS created a series of quick reference guides and video tutorials for importers, brokers, and members of the public to quickly learn how to navigate the simple interface. These resources are available on the ACIR Training page.


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Stay Connected

Subscribe to the APHIS Stakeholder Registry to receive emails when information is updated for fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, miscellaneous and processed products, cut flowers and greenery, and seeds not for planting, along with other import topics. We suggest you consider subscribing to the following topics under the “Plant Health” category:

Under “News and Information” and “Electronic Databases – System Status”:

  • Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements (ACIR)
  • e-permits

Under “Importation into the U.S.”:

  • New US Markets for Foreign Imports

Under “Importation into the U.S.” and “Entry Requirements Including Permits”:

  • Citrus Imports
  • Cotton Imports
  • Cut Flowers
  • Fruits and Vegetables Imports
  • Grains Imports
  • Lacey Act
  • Plants for Planting
  • Potato Imports
  • Wood Packaging Material
  • Wood Products

Under “Manuals Update” and “Import Inspection Manuals”:

  • CITES I-II-III Timber Species Manual
  • Cut Flowers and Greenery Manual
  • Fruits and Vegetables Import Requirements (FAVIR)
  • Miscellaneous Processed Products Manual
  • Plants for Planting Manual
  • Seeds Not for Planting Manual
  • Treatment Manual
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