Changes Coming to the USDA Plant and Seed Import Permits System

XYZ2 in Virginia via pbs
Sun, 01 May 2022 07:01:51 PDT
I received the following email from a USDA plant and seed import specialist
on April 28th.  I include it here to give PBS members in the USA with a USDA
plant and/or seed import permit advance notice (in case you weren't already
aware) that changes are soon to come.  The current ePermits system is being
replaced with a new eFile system.  Amendments to the current system will
soon no longer be allowed.  Furthermore, all permits will have to transition
to the new eFile system in the fairly near future.  Hopefully the new eFile
system will be easier to use.  The full text of the USDA email follows from


As a courtesy, I have processed your application P587-220424-001 and amended
your permit (P37-20-02618). This permit is still active and expires on
10/13/2023. However, once ePermits is taken offline, you will no longer be
able to Amend this permit.


Please be aware that ePermits has been replaced with our new and automated
eFile permitting system. ePermits is being taken offline and will be
decommissioned in the coming months; however, we don't have an exact date of
when that will occur. Once ePermits is officially taken offline, stakeholder
(such as yourself) will no longer have access to the system or be able to
submit amendment applications into ePermits.  Additionally, our permitting
specialists will also lose access and will not be able to process any
submitted amendment applications within the older, replaced ePermits system.
Currently, our specialists are no longer able to RENEW permits or issue NEW
permits in the ePermits system. Permits that were issued in the older
ePermits system are not available or accessible in the new eFile automated
permitting system. Your permit will not transfer over to eFile.


APHIS recommends that applicants log into eFile and create a new account, if
he/she hasn't already done so. Your eAuthentication credentials (current
user name and password) should still be valid and the link to create a new
account in the eFile system is as follows:


 <>  (Note: you
should also see a link to eFile when you log into your ePermits account) 


Once you have created your new account in eFile, you will be able to apply
for a NEW permit for your future import needs (again, any permit that was
issued in the replaced ePermits system will NOT be available or accessible
in eFile). Permits generated and issued within eFile will be eligible for
any subsequent and necessary amendments - as well as for Renewal, when
eligible. We appreciate your patience while we are updating our customer
service portal. Thank You.


For questions, please call 877-770-5990.


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