Import/Export Requirements

Importing Requirements & Information

Incoming commercial and private shipments of plants, entering the county by truck, bus, air and railcar are subject to inspection by the Agricultural Commissioner for compliance with plant import regulations. Shipments not in compliance with quarantine requirements will be treated, returned to location of origin, or destroyed.

For general information about importing or exporting agricultural products in California, visit USDA Import & Export Information.

View information about bringing plants and animals into California.

View quarantines restricting plants and produce from entering California.

View USDA Import Information for Plants and Animals.

National Plant Board, a non-profit organization of the plant pest regulatory agencies in the United States.

Export Requirements and Information

Prior to being exported, certain commodities may require phytosanitary certification for freedom of insects and diseases, depending on the commodity and destination.  Agricultural Commissioner staff provide quarantine inspection and certification services, and are qualified to issue federal Phytosanitary Certificates. Phytosanitary certification clients are required to obtain an account with the USDA Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System (PCIT).

For more information, call the Quarantine Duty Officer at (831) 759-7300.

USDA Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System

View USDA Export Information for Plants and Animals.