Online plant quarantine services launched

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 25 2011, 07:19am hrs
The government on Monday launched online plant quarantine services to help importers and exporters of plant materials for more efficient and transparent delivery of services.

They can now register and apply online and also see the progress and current status of their applications online, an official statement said.

The facility was launched by agriculture & cooperation secretary PK Basu here. The online facility is available at

This is part of Plant Quarantine Information System (PQIS) project. User manual for exporters and importers was also released on the occasion.

Import of agricultural commodities or plant material into India is regulated under the Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) Order, 2003 issued under the provisions of the Destructive Insects and Pests Act, 1914 to prevent introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds.

Import Permit (IP) is needed to import those commodities requiring additional declaration and special conditions specified under Schedule VI of Plant Quarantine Order to deal with specific phytosanitary risks.