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USA Import permit Information: Orchid and Plant

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In the United States, import permits are required for purchases of 13 or more plants. Permits are free and can be quickly obtained online through the USDA website. They are valid for 5 years.

The import permit process is as follows:

  1. Visit the USDA website and complete the online permit application.
  2. Upload any required supporting documentation, such as a copy of the CITES permit from the exporting country (if applicable).
  3. Review your application and submit it.

Once your application is approved, you will receive an email notification with a link to download your import permit.

Repeat buyers who do not have an import permit may experience longer customs processing times for plant purchases.

When shipping 13 or more plants to a US address, the parcel must be clearly marked with the import permit number. The parcel will be directed to the phytosanitary station for inspection before being forwarded to the recipient.

Here are some additional benefits of obtaining an import permit:

  • Faster customs processing times
  • Ability to import a wider variety of plants
  • Reduced risk of plants being confiscated or destroyed by customs

If you are planning on importing 13 or more plants to the United States, I encourage you to obtain an import permit. The process is quick and easy, and it can save you time and hassle in the long run.

Frequently asked questions – ePermit

How to Apply for e-import permit.

Link information

USDAAPHIS – YouTube (is Help full)

USDA Plant and Plant Product Permit.

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How to import CITES-certified orchids and plant into the UK.

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Orchids are one of the most popular and diverse groups of plants in the world, with over 28,000 species identified to date. Many orchids are also CITES-listed, meaning that they are protected by international law and require special permits to import or export.

If you’re a UK orchid enthusiast and you’re looking to import CITES-certified orchids, there are a few things you need to do. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of importing CITES-certified orchids into the UK.

We’ll also provide you with some additional tips on how to ensure that your orchids are imported safely and legally.

So, if you’re ready to learn more about how to import CITES-certified orchids into the UK, keep reading!

If you’re a UK orchid enthusiast and you’re looking to import CITES-certified orchids, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Check if your orchids are covered by CITES. You can do this by checking the CITES Appendices.
  2. Apply for a CITES import permit. You can do this online or by post.
  3. Arrange for your orchids to be inspected by a CITES inspector. You can do this at any UK port of entry.
  4. Pay any applicable import fees.

Additional information:

  • You must declare the shipment contains CITES goods for Border Force clearance purposes.
  • If you are importing CITES-listed orchids for commercial purposes, you will need to register with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
  • You must keep all CITES permits and other relevant documentation for a period of five years after the date of import.


The fee for importing CITES-listed specimens into the UK is currently £67 for animals and £74 for plants. However, there are a few exceptions to this fee, such as for conservation, educational, or research purposes.

Sending by mail:

Yes, you can send a small box of CITES-certified orchid species by mail to the UK. However, you will need to follow the same procedures outlined above, including applying for a CITES import permit and arranging for your orchids to be inspected by a CITES inspector.

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Additional tips:

  • Use a sturdy box that is large enough to accommodate your orchids comfortably.
  • Pack your orchids carefully to prevent them from being damaged in transit.
  • Include a copy of your CITES import permit with the shipment.
  • Declare the shipment contains CITES goods for Border Force clearance purposes.
  • Use a reputable shipping company that has experience shipping CITES-listed plants and plant products.

Please note that the UK government has specific requirements for the packaging and labeling of CITES-listed plants and plant products. You can find more information about these requirements on the GOV.UK website.


Importing CITES-certified orchids into the UK can be a bit of a process, but it’s definitely possible. By following the steps outlined above, you can ensure that your orchids are imported legally and safely.


CITES Guidance – UK Plant Health Information Portal (

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US Plants Import permit

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Importing Plants from Thailand to the US (Over 12 Plants)

This guide details the process for obtaining a USDA plant import permit when bringing more than 12 plants from Thailand to the US.

USDA ePermits System

  1. Create an ePermits Account:
    • Visit
    • Click “Create Account”
    • Follow the prompts to set up your account with email address, password, and identity verification.

Plant Import Permit Application

  1. Log in to ePermits:
  2. Select Application:
    • Choose “PPQ 587 Application for Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products”

Information Needed from Exporter

  • After payment, the exporter will need to provide:
    • The import permits you obtained
    • Labels for each box of plants (refer to USDA APHIS for details on Green and Yellow (PPQ 508) Labels)

Additional Information

Important Note:

  • Always check import restrictions for specific plant species before attempting to import them.