ISSUANCE OF IMPORT PERMIT

(a) Import of seeds / plant materials for sowing, planting and propagation: 

The Importer or his agent shall apply for permit for import seeds / plant materials for sowing, planting and propagation at least seven days in advance to the permit issuing authority (Schedule-X)of the designated port of entry as notified vide clause 3(13) of Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) Order, 2003 that all consignments of seeds and plants for propagation shall be imported only through Regional Plant Quarantine Stations of Amritsar, Chennai, Kolkara, Mumbai or New Delhi (Schedule-I). 

The import permit shall be issued only for the commodities as listed in Schedule-V, Schedule-VI & Schedule-XII.

The importer or his agent shall apply for permit in PQ Form-02 in duplicate along with following enclosures:

        (i) Demand Draft / Pay Order for Rs.300/- (Rupees Three hundred only) drawn in favour of "Pay and Accounts Officer, Department of Agriculture and Co-operation (Ministry of Agriculture)" of the concerned area of jurisdiction from any Nationalised Bank.

       (ii) Catalogue / invoice

      (iii) Registration Certificate issued by National Seed Corporation or Director of Horticulture / Agriculture (as the case may be)

      (iv) The importer should apply for certification of post-entry quarantine facility to the Inspection Authority in PQ Form-18 well in advance and obtain the Certificate of approval of post-entry quarantine facility in PQForm-19, issued by inspection authority or any officer authorised by Plant Protection Advisor to the Government of India and submit the same along with an undertaking in PQ Form-20 by the importer to grow the imported plants and plant materials under the approved post-entry quarantine facility (applicable in respect of seeds and planting materials that require post-entry quarantine)

The application received shall be registered and permit issued in PQ Form-04 of PQ Order 2003 in five copies for concerned port of entry and an orange and green tag shall be issued in PQ Form-05 to facilitate identification of plant propagative materials upon arrival.  The importer is advised to send the exporters copy along with the orange and green tag to the exporter in advance to facilitate the incorporation of the import permit number in the phytosanitary certificate issued at the country of origin and to affix the orange and green tag on the consignment for easy identification and the importers copy shall be retained by the importer and duly submitted to the concerned plant quarantine authority at the time of import.

The importer shall note that the permit issued is valid for a period of six months from the date of issue and valid for multiple port access and multiple part shipments provided the exporter, importer and country of origin are the same for the entire consignment.

The importer shall also note that the permit issued is valid for a period for six months from the date of issue and the validity may be extended on request by the importer for further period of six months after payment of Rs.200/- as revalidation fee. The importer should forward the request with valid reason for seeking extension before the expiry of the permit. 

The importer shall note that the import permit issued is not transferable and no amendments to the permit shall be issued except for change of point of entry if valid reasons are furnished.

For import of commodities not covered under the Schedule-V, Schedule-VI and Schedule-XII, import permit will not be issued. Pest Risk Analysis is mandatory for import of new commodities into India.  Hence, for import of new commodities the importer should apply for Pest Risk Analysis Request Form as reproduced in Appendix-9 to the Plant Protection Adviser to the Govt. of India.

The tissue culture plant species other than listed in Schedule-VI, that are obtained from mother stock tested and certified to be virus free, shall be allowed to be imported subject to testing by appropriate inspection authorities specified in Part-II of Schedule-XI of PQO 2003. 

(b) Import of seeds/plant material for consumption: 

The importer or his agent shall make an application for import of seeds/plant material for consumption in PQ Form-01 of  PQ Order 2003 in duplicate at least seven days in advance to the permit issuing authority (Schedule-X) of the concerned port of entry as notified vide Schedule-I, Schedule-II and Schedule-III of Plant Quarantine Order, 2003 along with a demand draft / Pay order for Rs.150/- (Rupees one hundred and fifty only) drawn in favour of the "Pay and Accounts Officer, Department of Agriculture and Co-operation, Ministry of Agriculture" of concerned area of jurisdiction  from any Nationalised bank.

The import permit shall be issued only for the commodities as listed in Schedule-V, & Schedule-VI. 

Import permit not required for the commodities listed in  Schedule-VII.

The importer shall note that the permit issued is valid for a period of six months from the date of issue and valid for multiple port access and multiple part shipments provided the exporter, importer and country of origin are the same for the entire consignment.

The import permit is issued in five copies in PQ Form-03 of PQ Order 2003.  The permit is valid for six months and can be further extended for another six months if valid reasons are furnished prior to the expiry of the permit after payment of Rs.100 towards revalidation fee. 

The importer shall note that the import permit issued is not transferable and no amendments to the permit shall be issued except for change of point of entry if valid reasons are furnished.

For import of commodities not covered under the Schedule-V, Schedule-VI and Schedule-VII, Pest Risk Analysis is mandatory for import of new commodities into India.  Hence, for import of new commodities the importer should apply Pest Risk Analysis Request Form as reproduced in Appendix-9 to the Plant Protection Adviser to the Govt. of India.

(c) Import of germplasm / Research and Breeding materials:

The Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) is authorised to issue permits as specified in  Schedule-X of PQ Order, 2003 for import of germplasm / Research and breeding material for public / private sector in the country including institutions and organisations of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), State Agricultural Universities (SAU) and International Crop Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

The import permit shall be issued only for the commodities as listed in Schedule-V, Schedule-VI & Schedule-XII.

The importer or his agent shall apply for import permit in PQ Form-08  in duplicate to the Director, NBPGR, New Delhi and the permit shall be issued in PQ Form-09 in triplicate along with Red/green tag in PQ Form-10 for identification Germplasm and Red/White tag in PQ Form-11 for identification Transgenic/ Genetically Modified Organism. 

The import permit for import of Transgenic/ Genetically Modified Organism intended for agricultural purpose only, shall be issued subject to the approval of Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM) and/ or Genetic Engineering Approval Committee set up under the Rules for the manufacture, use, import, export and storage of hazardous micro-organism, Genetically engineered organisms or cells made under Sections 6,8 and 25 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) and subject to such restrictions and conditions prescribed thereof.  

For import of commodities not covered under the Schedule-V, Schedule-VI and Schedule-XII, import permit will not be issued. Pest Risk Analysis is mandatory for import of new commodities into India.  Hence, for import of new commodities the importer should apply Pest Risk Analysis Request Form as reproduced in Appendix-9 to the Plant Protection Adviser to the Govt. of India.

(d)  Import of Live Insects, algae, mushroom, bio control agents and Microbial cultures:

The importer or his agent shall apply for import of above organisms intended for agricultural use, to the Plant Protection Advisor (PPA) to the Government of India in PQ Form-12 in duplicate at least one month in advance along with registration fee of Rs.200/- by a bank draft drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage, N.H.-IV., Faridabad-121 001”. The permits shall be issued in PQ Form-13, if PPA is satisfied of the purpose for which such consignments is being imported.

(e) Import of Soil and Peat/Sphagnum moss etc.,:

The importer or his agent shall apply for import of soil, earth, clay, peat and sphagnum moss and similar material for any microbiological, soil-mechanics, or mineralogical investigations and peat for horticultural purposes to the Plant Protection Advisor (PPA) to the Government of India in PQ Form-06 in duplicate at least one month in advance along with registration fee of Rs.200/- by a bank draft drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage, N.H.-IV., Faridabad-121 001”. The permits shall be issued in PQ Form-07, if PPA is satisfied of the purpose for which such consignments is being imported.

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