Federal phytosanitary certificates

Plant or plant products being exported out of the U.S.

Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System (PCIT)- Create and submit applications, deposit funds, print certificates

Phytosanitary Export Database (PExD)- Contains phytosanitary import requirements of U.S.-origin plant or plant products to foreign countries

State certificates

Plant or plant products being shipped within the USA to other states/territories that have local regulations

National Plant Board (NPB) state laws and regulations- Contains import regulations of U.S. states and territories

Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System (PCIT)- Create and submit applications, deposit funds, print certificates

Other export programs

Certificate of origin-grain

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has phytosanitary requirements for the importation of wheat, triticale, rye, and barley grain. These grains may be imported into Canada under a special pilot program for North Dakota origin grain. Under this program the Canadian importer must apply for an import permit from CFIA. Once the importer provides an import permit, the North Dakota exporter may apply to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to be enrolled in a compliance agreement program whereby the NDDA will provide certificates of origin which can be used in place of a phytosanitary certificate.

CFIA Directive D-05-02

Certificate of origin-seed

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has phytosanitary requirements for the importation of wheat, triticale, rye, and barley seed. These seeds may be imported into Canada under a special pilot program for North Dakota origin seed. Under this program the Canadian importer must apply for an import permit from CFIA. Once the importer provides an import permit, the North Dakota exporter may apply to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to be enrolled in a compliance agreement program whereby the NDDA will provide certificates of origin which can be used in place of a phytosanitary certificate.

CFIA Directive D-06-03

European corn borer compliance certificate of inspection

European corn borer Certificates of Inspection are required by the receiving state or country for shipments of shelled corn shipped to Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington and also to British Columbia, Canada. Certificates of Inspection are issued by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture only to elevators that have entered into a Compliance Agreement. This agreement provides assurance that the shipper has complied with certain requirements to prevent the movement of European corn borer to these areas.

Bee health certificates or inspection certificates

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit an application?

  • Applications may be submitted through Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System (PCIT).

How much does it cost?

  • Federal phyto $20 plus $6 USDA Administrative Fee.
  • State phyto $20.
  • Inspection $20 plus round-trip mileage at IRS rate for out-of-office inspections.
  • Each replacement phyto is issued at the same cost as the original.

How do I get the original certificate from the issuing office?

  • Regular USPS mail and applicant must provide address.
  • Courier service and fees paid by applicant; address and account numbers must be provided.
  • Self-print through PCIT.

What are the phyto hours of service and what is the turnaround time on issuing phytos?

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state observed holidays.
  • Typically phytos are issued same day they are applied for. However delays may occur. Mexico and Canada phytos are typically prioritized.

What is the best way to get contact someone regarding phyto questions?

How do I get an inspection?

  • For small shipments (less than 500 pounds), contact NDDA.
  • For grain shipments, contact the local grain inspection office.
  • For seed shipments, contact NDDA.

How long is my inspection valid?

  • Typically 30 days from the date the sample was pulled.
  • Some countries are more restrictive with windows as short as 14 days, check country’s PExD definition of a phytosanitary certificate for restrictions.

What if my inspection is expired?

  • A new inspection will need to be obtained.
  • Contact NDDA.

How do I find the country’s U.S.-origin commodity export requirements?

  • Phytosanitary Export Database (PExD)

I’m exporting a commodity of foreign origin. How do I find those requirements?

  • Exporter is required to provide the third-country requirements to the ACO for a phyto. This can be an official letter or document from the NPPO of that country, an import permit, or information from an official website.

What is an AD?

  • Additional declaration-allowed on phyto only when required by country commodity summary or import permit.

Can I get a phyto after my shipment has sailed?

  • Depends on the country.

What information is prohibited on a phyto?

  • Please see the USDA's Export Program Manual.

Will you issue phytos for exporters not in North Dakota?

It is NDDA’s policy to only issue phytos with the following conditions in mind: product is North Dakota origin, exporter or applicant is a North Dakota company, or the product has been inspected and is located in North Dakota.

USDA APHIS FAQs

Export Certification Contacts

Charles Elhard

Plant Protection Officer
(701) 220-0485 celhard@nd.gov

Chelsey Penuel

Noxious Weeds Specialist
(701) 226-4321 cpenuel@nd.gov

Lane Kozel

Plant Protection Specialist
(701) 328-2250 ldkozel@nd.gov

Rachel Seifert-Spilde

Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator
(701) 328-4128 rseifert@nd.gov

Samantha Brunner

State Apiary Inspector
North Dakota Department of Agriculture 600 East Boulevard Ave, Dept. 602 Bismarck, ND 58505-0020
(701) 328-4765 sbrunner@nd.gov