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How to Get Your Import Permit

Getting an Import Permit is easy!
  • It's free.
  • The application process usually takes only 2-3 days.
  • You can use it for other purchases in the future, outside of Plants Without Borders.
Here are the steps:
  1. Create an account on the USDA eFile portal
  2. Wait 15 minutes
  3. Log in
  4. Apply for Import Permit (587 Application)
  5. Guide to filling out the Application:
    1. Application/Permittee Contacts
      1. Confirm contact information
    2. Intended Use
      1. Intended Use > Plants for Planting
      2. Commodity Type > Plants for Propagation
    3. Select Articles
      1. Plant Part > All Plant Parts Except Seeds
      2. Country/Region of Origin > Thailand
      3. Find Article > Monstera (add all other genera in the order)
      4. Click "Add Articles to Application"
    4. Supporting Documentation
      1. Optional, skip.
    5. Certify & Submit
      1. Confirm accuracy.
      2. Click "Submit Application."
  6. Receive and Download Import Permit File
  7. Download the Labels for PPQ 587 File (Green and Yellow labels)
  8. Send us both the Import Permit file and the Labels for PPQ 587 File.


The Import Permit file looks like this:





The Labels for PPQ 587 file looks like this:




Feel free to schedule some time with us if you need help, we are happy to walk you through it.

Additional Resources

eFile First time user guide: APHIS eFile First-Time User Set Up (usda.gov)

eFile training: USDA APHIS | APHIS eFile Training