Phytosanitary Certificate Public Meeting
July 1, 2005
July 1, 2005 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a public meeting to be held on July 14, 2005, to exchange information and receive input on the proposed Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking System.
The APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine Program (PPQ) provides certification of plants and plant products as a service to exporters. After assessing the phytosanitary condition of the plants or plant products intended for export, an inspector issues an internationally recognized certificate.
Since 2002, PPQ has been working on an interactive, web-based system that will allow U.S. exporters to apply for certificates, schedule commodity inspections and make payments on-line. APHIS contends that this system will improve the efficiency of the phytosanitary certificate-issuance process.
The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the USDA Center in Riverside, Md. Due to space considerations, attendance at the public meeting will be limited to 100 people, so pre-register by visiting www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/pim/exports/pcit/ or contacting Linda Toran at 301-734-5307.