The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend regulations concerning the importation of plants and plant products by establishing the controlled import permit (CIP). The CIP would act as a single type of authorization for the importation of otherwise prohibited or restricted plant material for experimental, therapeutic or developmental purposes.

Current APHIS regulations contain provisions for the use of departmental permits and several other authorizations to allow the importation of these plant materials into the United States by researchers and scientists affiliated with USDA. The CIP would be used in place of departmental permits and other authorizations, and would consolidate and make consistent the conditions for obtaining authorization for the importation of otherwise prohibited or restricted plant materials. The CIP would also be required for the importation of plant materials for post-entry quarantine.
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Posted 10/28/2011