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Moving Plants and Plant Products From North Carolina
Into Foreign Countries: Export Certification


Plants and plant products from the United States may carry plant pests that foreign countries do not want introduced into their own boundaries. Entry requirements for these agricultural shipments may vary greatly from country to country. Also, a given country may have very rigid requirements for a particular plant but be less concerned about another. As a service, NCDA&CS Plant Protection Specialists provide phytosanitary certificates to exporters to document that the plant pest requirements have been met. The Specialists first determine the specific requirements by accessing a database containing this information. They then conduct the necessary inspections for plant pests and diseases. They help the exporter meet any other requirements such as soil testing, treatments, or verification that specific pests do not occur in the area of origin. They will also advise the exporter if the plants are on the endangered or threatened species list, which then requires additional permits and inspection procedures. These phytosanitary certificates are also issued by personnel with the United States Department of Agriculture in the Plant Protection and Quarantine section of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS-PPQ). USDA-APHIS-PPQ is the federal counterpart of the NCDA&CS' Plant Protection Section.

The NCDA&CS Plant Protection Specialists may issue two kinds of phytosanitary certificates: those for domestic plants and plant products, and those for foreign plants and plant products offered for reexport that originated in another country. They may also issue a certificate for processed plant products when appropriate.

Effective October 1, 2011 the costs for the certificates are as follows:

Phytosanitary Certificate: PPQ Form 577

Shipment valued at $1250 or less:

$61

Phytosanitary Certificate: PPQ Form 577

Shipment valued over $1250:

$106

Phytosanitary Certificate for Reexport: PPQ Form 579

Shipment valued at $1250 or less:

$61

Phytosanitary Certificate for Reexport: PPQ Form 579

Shipment valued over $1250:

$106

Export Certificate, Processed Plant Products: PPQ Form 578

Shipment valued at $1250 or less:

$61

Export Certificate, Processed Plant Products: PPQ Form 578

 Shipment valued over $1250:

$106

Any Certificate Replacement

 

$15

 

 

           Moving Plants, Plant Products, Soil and Other Related Articles:
            - Into North Carolina from Another State
            - Out Of North Carolina Into Another State
            - Into The United States
            - From One Area of North Carolina Into Another


The APHIS web site on export certification has additional information.
 

NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division - Plant Protection Section
Plant Pest Administrator - Phillip L. Wilson
Mailing Address: 1060 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1060
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC 27603
Phone: 919) 707-3753 | FAX: (919) 733-1041