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 http://plantquarantineindia.nic.in
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.