Agro Industry - National Plant Protection
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.
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
Which are other materials that require Import Permit?
other materials that require Import Permit are:
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
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
What are other documents (other than Import Permit) should accompany the
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.
there agricultural material or product that does not require Import
agricultural materials do not require Import Permit.
agricultural/canned products, such as legumes, nuts, maize, rice, sesame seeds,
spices, etc. These consignments may be accompanied with the Phytosanitary
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
there a fee charged for inspection of imported agricultural
inspection fee is Rs 100 for each consignments inspected and
Will the agricultural commodity be released immediately after
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
Why does imported planting material undergo quarantine?
To screen and
observe the planting materials for presence of exotic pests and diseases and
What happens if an imported planting material or any other agricultural
consignment is found to contain a pest and/or disease?
consignment is destroyed by incineration at the importers cost.
Are there treatments required before importing agricultural
heat treatment are required for wooden materials
What is required for me to export plants, plant parts or plant products
Import Permit – from the country from which materials is intended to be
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.
Permit – Permit for export of agricultural produce under the Plant (Import and
Export) Regulation, 1976, section 8. It applies only for regulated agricultural
How do I go about in getting the relevant documents to export
Import Permit – from the Official Plant Protection Service of the country of
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
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.
What are the fees charged for the export documents?
Certificate – Rs 50 for commercial consignments
Rs 10 for non commercial