Changes Coming to the USDA Plant and Seed Import Permits System

XYZ2 in Virginia via pbs
Sun, 01 May 2022 09:34:08 PDT
It is good to know that the new eFile system is easier to use than ePermits.
And it is a big improvement to be have shipping labels that are reusable.
Under ePermits if you make a mistake and reuse a shipping label, APHIS can
reject your import. 


-----Original Message-----
From: pbs [] On Behalf Of
James Shao via pbs
Sent: Sunday, May 1, 2022 10:37 AM
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Subject: Re: [pbs] Changes Coming to the USDA Plant and Seed Import Permits

I did a small lots permit under the new eFile and it is indeed easier,
though I didn't get an email saying the permit was issued.  Also, new labels
are reusable, but port specific so you download a label for each port and
keep using that one if that port is the one you want to use.


On Sun, May 1, 2022, 7:02 AM XYZ2 in Virginia via pbs <> wrote:

> 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 here..
> 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
> 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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