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National Plant Protection Office

Agro Industry - National Plant Protection Office

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I import plants or seeds for planting into the country?

Yes, plant parts which are used for planting or propagation such as seeds, seedlings, cuttings, budwood, tissue culture, and other materials can be imported into the country upon request of an Import Permit.

2. Why an Import Permit is required to import plants?

Import Permit is a requirement under the Plants Act 1976 to control the importation of plants. The Import Permit states the phytosanitary requirements that the exporting country should comply to ensure the planting material imported are free from dangerous pests or diseases which are harmful to the agricultural industry in the country

3. Which are other materials that require Import Permit?

Those other materials that require Import Permit are:

fruits – fresh and dry
planting media and rooting compost
coconut and copra
used agricultural machineries
dried flowers and pot-pourri
pulses and spices
animal feeds
wooden products – furniture and handicrafts
some vegetables for hotel use only – fresh and frozen
few fresh cut flowers
organic fertiliser
microorganisms, beneficial organism and biological control agent.

4. How to apply for an Import Permit?

Application for an Import Permit can be made:

(i) using the downloadable Application Form >>>> (download pdf version - 7KB) (download word version)

(ii) at the National Plant Protection Office
Ministry of Agro Industry and Fisheries
Tel: (230) 464 4874
Fax: (230) 464 4874

5. Do you require to pay for the Import Permit?

Yes, a fee of Rs 50 is charged for each permit issued and the permit is valid for a period of 4 months. One permit shall be used for one consignment only during the valid period.

6. How long does it take to issue an Import Permit?

In the case of those commodities that are imported regularly and if the application form duly completed, the National Plant Protection Office can issue the Import Permit within 3 - 5 working days. However, for items which are requested for the first time to import, this office needs to carry out a pest risk analysis prior to the issue of Import Permit. Therefore, in such cases it takes longer to issue the Import Permit.

7. What are other documents (other than Import Permit) should accompany the consignments imported?

Other document required is the Phytosanitary Certificate to cover for the consignment imported. This certificate should be issued from the Official Plant Protection organisation of the exporting country.

8. Is there agricultural material or product that does not require Import Permit?

Processed agricultural materials do not require Import Permit.
Processed agricultural/canned products, such as legumes, nuts, maize, rice, sesame seeds, spices, etc. These consignments may be accompanied with the Phytosanitary Certificate.

9. Is there any inspection required for materials imported?

Yes, all the agricultural commodities are subjected to inspection by Plant Quarantine Inspectors at the entry point; Port and Mer Rouge and at SSR International Airport.

10. Is there a fee charged for inspection of imported agricultural commodities?

Yes, the inspection fee is Rs 100 for each consignments inspected and released.

11. Will the agricultural commodity be released immediately after inspection?

Not all agricultural commodities will be released immediately. Planting materials such as ornamental plants or plant parts, budwoods and tissue culture plantlets will undergo quarantine while most seed will undergo seed health testing before being released.

12. Why does imported planting material undergo quarantine?

To screen and observe the planting materials for presence of exotic pests and diseases and latent infection.

13. What happens if an imported planting material or any other agricultural consignment is found to contain a pest and/or disease?

The consignment is destroyed by incineration at the importers cost.

14. Are there treatments required before importing agricultural goods?

Fumigation or heat treatment are required for wooden materials

15. What is required for me to export plants, plant parts or plant products ?

i) Plant Import Permit – from the country from which materials is intended to be imported.

ii) Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) - PC is required to certify that the plants and plant parts and plant products are free from pests, and that the phytosanitary conditions imposed in the Plant Import Permit have been met.

iii) Export Permit – Permit for export of agricultural produce under the Plant (Import and Export) Regulation, 1976, section 8. It applies only for regulated agricultural commodities.

16. How do I go about in getting the relevant documents to export plants?

i) Plant Import Permit – from the Official Plant Protection Service of the country of origin.

ii) Phytosanitary Certificate: Determine where you intend to export and the conditions imposed by the importing country. Your consignee may be able to get this information for you. A Phytosanitary Certificate can be obtained from any our Plant Quarantine Service at Réduit office, Mer Rouge and SSR International Airport.

iii) Export permit: A Permit for export of agricultural produce is obtained from the National Plant Protection Office at Reduit. This form should be filled with all required information and approval for exportation must be obtained from the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives.

17. What are the fees charged for the export documents?

Phytosanitary Certificate – Rs 50 for commercial consignments
Rs 10 for non commercial consignments