Controlled Import Permits to Import Plants or Plant Products for Experimental, Therapeutic, or Developmental Purposes
On June 3, 2013, the Controlled Import Permit (CIP) final rule went into effect. The rule changed the name of the Departmental Permit to Controlled Import Permit (the permit application number, PPQ 588, did not change). All existing PPQ 588 permits will remain valid until the expiration date listed on the permit. As departmental permits are renewed they will be issued as CIP permits.
The CIP is a single authorization that consolidates and makes consistent the conditions for importing otherwise prohibited or restricted plant material for experimental, therapeutic or developmental purposes. APHIS may issue a CIP if the Administrator determines that the plant pest risks associated with the plant material can be effectively mitigated. The CIP will contain the applicable conditions for importing and handling the plant material, including specifications for the facility where the plant material will be held. The plant material may be imported only if all applicable requirements are met. A CIP will also be issued for the importation of plant materials requiring post-entry quarantine; the application number for postentry quarantine will remain the PPQ 546. Please be advised that some plant taxa that previously required post entry quarantine are now categorized as Not Authorized Pending Risk Assessment (NAPPRA) and require a PPQ 588 application.
APHIS may issue a CIP under the following regulatory authorities in 7 CFR 319:
Controlled Import Permits PPQ form 588:
Phone: (301) 851-2046
Post Entry Quarantine Permits PPQ form 546:
Phone: (301) 851-2322