– In the USA an import permit is required only for 13 plants and more – The Import Permits are free, they can be requested quickly online on the USDA site and they cover 5 years. See how to proceed below. Plant purchases with import permits tend to be processed faster by the customs than parcels of less than 13 plants to repeat buyers without permits. The green-yellow label with the permit number is stuck on the parcel which goes directly to the phytosanitary station before being forwarded to your address place ( written on the parcel)
How to obtain an authentication account to access ePermits:
You will receive a confirmation email from DoNotReply.ICAM@usda.gov with the subject “eAuth – Confirm e-mail”. Click the Continue Registration link in the confirmation e-mail.
Back on the eAuth web site, enter your name and set up a password.
Don’t click “Log in to your application”. Instead, select Manage Account, then Update Account, then Continue to login Page.
Enter user ID (email address) and the password you just created.
Click the link (in the middle of the right side of the page) to Verify My Identity.
Select Verify My Identity Online.
Agree to the terms of service.
To begin the verification process, enter your address, phone, birthday and social security number.
The system will ask personal identity verification questions. If you are able to answer the questions, your “Verified Account” will be created. (If you are not able to answer the online identity verification questions, you can present your Government-issued photo ID at a USDA Local Registration Authority (LRA) office in order to have your identity verified.)
Click Continue on the “Identity Verification Success” page.
Click Continue to Application on the “Account Information” page.
You should now be in the ePermits system.
STEP 1: Register your account Click the button below: >> LINK then pick the customer:
STEP 2: Enter a valid E-mail address
STEP 3: Confirm email:
STEP 4: Go to your email to confirm the registration
STEP 5: Enter your name surname then “Password”
STEP 6: Log in to your account, please verify your identity in your account in the link below, you must log in first and click the link: =>> The LINK HERE
eAuthentication Technical Support:
Each person who uses USDA eAuthentication must use his or her own user id. No sharing is allowed. USDA reserves the right to terminate any account if this policy is violated.
STEP 7:Applications that can be submitted online through ePermits: 1. Click Create\Renew\Amend Application 2. Choose Program Office Plant Protection & Quarantine NewUpdate…. ePermits is no longer available for new and renewal PPQ587. APHIS eFile is the new permitting system for Plants and Plant Products.
Send the completed application by facsimile to (301) 734-5786, or mail it to:
Email: PlantProducts.Permits@usda.gov Address: USDA-APHIS-PPQ Permit Unit 4700 River Road, Unit 133 Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
STEP 8:Send your import permit (.pdf) and the shipping label (.pdf) to our email (email@example.com) * How to get label: You may request the PPQ Form 508 (Green/Yellow labels) online through ePermits under the “My Shipments/Labels” feature. Otherwise, send your request to GreenandyellowPlantslabelrequest@usda.gov. *
**Notice: when you send your label, specify the number no. of the label can use (eg: label #1)
FAQ’s How to Amend your PPQ Plant and Plant Product Import Permit?
FAQ’s How to Renew Your PPQ Plant and Plant Product Import Permit
A permit will allow you to import for a period of 5 years an unlimited number of times. This is totally free.
We found a video of this tutorial on Youtube, released by “Epiphytic Cacti” Although this guide is old, it can give you a better overview: