npqs@doa.gov.lk

+94 112 252 028

IMPORT CLEARANCE OF PLANT AND PLANT PRODUCTS (AIRPORT & SEAPORT)

 

Plant Quarantine Inspection/Sampling

The importer or his agent will arrange for inspection of the consignment at air cargo import terminal. The PQ officer will verify the identity and integrity of the consignment imported as per the documents received. According to the ISPM 15 wooden pallets should have the logo which stated treated.   

Permitted packing materials should be used

A fee of Rs. 150 (One hundred and fifty rupees) will be charged as import inspection charges per one import permit per consignment. Importer will receive a receipt for the payment. This payment will be credited to the account of Director General of Agriculture.

 There are 6 categories of consignments
I. Live plants, cut foliage and cut flowers
II. Seeds
III. Dry herbs
IV. Invitro cultures
V. Microbial cultures and research samples
VI. Fresh fruits
VII. Animal feed
VIII. Others 

 

Live plants, Cut foliage & Cut flowers

  • The total quantity of the consignment will be checked.
  • If pest detected, the whole consignment will temporary hold and samples of the consignment /whole consignment will be handed over to National Plant Quarantine Service for further testing. (PQ Form 02)
  • Subjected to the Recommendation of the Additional Director of the National Plant Quarantine Service release, apply treatments or destruction of the consignment/part of the consignment is done.
  • Time taken: 15 – 30 min

 

Seeds

  • ISTA/Seed analysis report is essential for seeds imported for commercial purpose
  • Lot numbers mentioned in the ISTA/ Seed Analysis Certificate should be matched with the existing lots of the consignment.
  • Physical quality and pest detection will be done by the plant quarantine officer.
  • According to the permit conditions whole consignment or samples will be handed over to National Plant Quarantine Service or Samples will be handed over to seed lab or post control test will be done (PQ Form 02)
  • If needed samples will be taken for seed lab testing referring to each seed lot, or each seed lot importer has to pay Rs. 460 to the account of Director General of Agriculture to apply seed lab report.
  • Especially seed potato and maize all consignment will be handed over to the National Plant Quarantine Service for further testing.
  • Time taken: 15 – 30 min

 

 

Dry herbs

  • The consignment is released considering the visual inspection if test reports are in order
  • Time taken: 15 – 30 min

 

Invitro cultures

  • Culture media should be clear
  • Time taken: 15 – 30 min

 

Microbial cultures & research samples (Bud woods, larva, etc.)

  • A letter from NPPO or government approved document is essential to release the consignment
  • Time taken: 15 – 30 min

 

Fresh Fruits

  • Physical inspection or Sample inspection will be done by the plant quarantine officer at the inspection yard

 

Others

  • Wooden items
  • Samples for consumption (Maize, wheat, mung bean etc.)

Import permit is not issued for these items

  • If wooden item is varnished or polished visual inspection is carried out and released the consignment
  • If the thickness is more than 3 mm, fumigation certificate is essential to release the consignment for wooden items

               

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