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Permitting Technical Support

Import/U.S. Transit Questions

Questions regarding permit application status, whether or not you need a permit, and regulations and policies concerning allowable imports:

Plants and Plants Products:
Telephone Number: 301-851-2046 or Toll free: 1-877-770-5990

Pest Permits and Noxious Weeds:
Telephone Number: 301-851-2357 or Toll free: 866-524-5421

Animal Products, including Organisms and Vectors:
Telephone Number: 301-851-3300, Option 4
Fax Number: 301-851-2239

Live Animals:
Telephone Number: 301-851-3300, Option 2
Fax Number: 301-851-2239  

Genetically Engineered Organisms: 

Telephone Number: 301-851-3930


Plant Export Questions
Telephone Number: 301-851-2309

Animal and Animal Product Export Questions
Animal and Animal Product Export Questions
Telephone Number: 301-851-3300, Option 4 (animal products) or Option 2 (live animals)

Pet Travel

Pet Travel Questions
Telephone: 301 851 3300, option 1

User IDs and Passwords

Locked Account

If you are unable to reset your password online and are receiving a message such as:

  • Your USDA eAuthentication account has been disabled due to inactivity  
  • You cannot access your account at this time  
  • eAuthentication Status – Account Expired

Visit the USDA eAuthentication Website for help.

eAuthentication Frequently Asked Questions

Technical problems with the ePermits system

The ePermits Help Desk is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, excluding Federal holidays.

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