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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.