Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry
Post Office Box 147100 Gainesville, Florida 32614-7100
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/index.html Dr. Trevor Smith, Director
Phone: (352) 395-4700
Fax: (352) 395-4610
The information, as provided, is for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as complete, nor should it be considered legally binding. Coordination with both your state and the destination state plant regulatory agency listed above may be necessary to stay up-to-date on revised requirements.
NURSERYSTOCKDEFINITION All plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, cuttings, grafts, scions, or buds, grown or kept for or capable of propagation or distribution, unless specifically excluded by the rules of the department.
House plants which are part of a passenger's baggage or household effects may enter the state provided the plants are accompanied with a certificate of inspection. Should the plants originate from a state that does not offer an inspection and certification service for house plants, the owner must be able to furnish the department a Florida address where the plants will be located. This information will enable the department to conduct a follow-up inspection if deemed necessary. If sufficient information is given, the plants will be allowed entry.
GENERAL SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Any person, nurseryman, stock dealer, agent, or plant broker who desires to ship into this state nursery stock from any state, territory, or district of the United States, shall comply with the following regulations:
The nurseryman, stock dealer, agent or plant broker must be listed in the latest directory of registered or certified nurseries, agents, stock dealers, and plant brokers of the state where such nursery stock originated.
A valid certificate of inspection must be attached to each separate package, bundle, box, or shipment of nursery stock shipped into Florida. In club orders, one tag must be attached to each individual order and another to the package containing the individual orders.
All shipments of plants or plant products entering peninsular Florida by road are required to stop at an agricultural inspection station where they will be screened for proper certification and subject to cargo inspection by the department. All shipments of plants or plant products entering Florida through mail and parcel facilities are subject to inspection and screening for proper certification. Each shipment shall be accompanied with a bill of lading, or other valid documentation which contains the following information:
Name and address of shipper or consignor
Name and physical address of receiver or consignee
Description of plants or plant products in the shipment
Place and state/country of origin
Ultimate destination of shipment if other than receiver or consignee
Additional certification requirements for plant pest freedom for regulated commodities are listed below.
All documents shall be in the English Language, or shall have attached an accurate English translation containing adequate information for examination of the product.
SUDDENOAKDEATH (Phytophthora ramorum)HOST NURSERYSTOCK NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT Shippers of Phytophthora ramorumhost nursery stock from regulated areas should send prenotification information of shipments destined to Florida as required by the USDA Federal Order DA-2012-53effective December 10, 2012. Please refer to the following website for clarification as needed: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/plant-pest-and-disease-programs/pests-and-diseases/phytophthora-ramorum/ct_phytophthora_ramorum_sudden_oak_death. Shipment prenotification information should be sent to Stephen.Hildebrandt@FreshfromFlorida.com or faxed to 352-395-4618.
Definition: Any living stage, including, but not limited to, seeds and productive parts, of a parasitic or other plant of a kind, or subdivision of a kind, which may be a serious agricultural threat in Florida or have a negative impact on the plant species protected under Statute581.185.
It is unlawful to introduce, possess, move, or release any plant pest or noxious weed regulated by the department and the USDA except under permit issued by the department or the USDA. No permit shall be issued unless the department has determined that procedures exist to adequately contain the plant pest or noxious weed or that it will not pose a threat to the agricultural industry or the environment.
Cuscutaspp. Only the native Florida species are excluded from this list. These include C. americana,C.compacta,C.exaltata,C.gronovii,C.indecora, C.obtusiflora,C. pentagona, C. umbellata Orobanchespp. – broomrapes
QUARANTINES OR ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS PLANT PEST OF QUARANTINE SIGNIFICANCE
PEST: Plant pest not known to occur in the State of Florida or of limited distribution within the state.
STATES REGULATED: All
MATERIALS REGULATED: All plants and plant products
RESTRICTIONS: Plant and plant products found to be infested or infected with, or exposed to a plant pest not known to be established or of limited distribution in the state of Florida and the pest is determined to be potentially damaging to Florida agriculture shall not be allowed to enter Florida.
The following are examples of plant pests that would require immediate quarantine:
Xiphinema index(California dagger nematode) Xiphinema insigne(a dagger nematode) Xiphinema vuittenezi (a dagger nematode) Zygotylenchus spp. (a lesion nematode)
BOLL WEEVIL QUARANTINE
PEST: Boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis
STATES REGULATED: ALL
MATERIALS REGULATED: Any article including but not limited to cotton plants, seed cotton, gin trash, and equipment capable of transporting or harboring boll weevil or the insect itself.
RESTRICTIONS: Regulated articles from infested areas may enter Florida provided each shipment is accompanied by a certificate issued by and bearing the signature of an authorized inspector of the state of origin, certifying that such regulated articles were treated as recommended by the department or inspected and found free for the presence of Boll Weevil (Anthomonus grandis).
PESTS: All injurious insects, plant diseases or disorders of citrus. STATES REGULATED: All
MATERIALS REGULATED: Any and all kinds of citrus plants and parts thereof.
RESTRICTIONS: It is unlawful to move into Florida any and all kinds of citrus trees and parts thereof except by a special permit from the Division Director. Permits are not required to move citrus fruits into the state. Federal Domestic Quarantines regulate the interstate movement of fruit from areas known to harbor fruit flies injurious to citrus.
PEST: Dogwood anthracnose
STATES REGULATED: AL, CAL, CT, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WA, WA DC, WV and any other state, where dogwood anthracnose is determined to be established.
MATERIALS REGULATED: A dogwood plant (Cornus spp.) or part thereof or any other plant or part thereof which is capable of harboring or transporting dogwood anthracnose in any of its life stages.
RESTRICTIONS: The movement of dogwood plants or part thereof from infested states into Florida is prohibited except by master permit issued by the director.
FIREWOOD AND UNPROCESSED WOOD PRODUCTS
Commercial shipments of firewood entering the state is prohibited except by master permit issued by the director. Non-Commercial shipments of firewood entering the state must be accompanied by a certificate of inspection from the state of origin. Non-commercial shipments of firewood may be allowed entry if sufficient destination information is given and product is intended for immediate use.
HOST FRUIT OF FRUIT FLIES
PEST: Fruit flies (Anastrepha spp. (except A. suspensa), Bactocera spp., Dacus spp., Rhagoletis spp., and Ceratitis spp.)
STATES REGULATED: All areas infested
MATERIALS REGULATED: All host fruit which is known to be or found to be a host or articles that may be infested of any fruit flies listed above
RESTRICTIONS: Host fruit is prohibited into the State of Florida unless accompanied by a certificate issued by an authorized representative of the USDA or the state of origin denoting the absence of fruit flies listed above, or having complied with a treatment established by the department or USDA to insure freedom from fruit flies.
PEST: Lettuce mosaic virus STATES REGULATED: ALL
MATERIALS REGULATED: Lettuce seed and plants
RESTRICTIONS: Lettuce seed and or plants moved into, sold or planted in a commercial lettuce production area in Florida shall be certified as having been tested for lettuce mosaic virus by a testing facility approved by the Division of Plant Industry.
STATES REGULATED: AL, AR, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI, and any other state, where oak wilt is determined to be established.
MATERIALS REGULATED: Rooted trees and seedling plants of oak (Quercus spp.),
chestnut (Castanea spp.), chinquapin (Castanopsis spp.) and tanbark oak (Lithocarpus densiflora), and any parts of such plants for propagation, except seed.
RESTRICTIONS: The movement of oak wilt disease or host plants into the state from an infested or regulated area is prohibited except by master permit issued by the director. The movement of firewood with bark and unpeeled lumber into the state from an infested or regulated area is prohibited except by a certificate issued by an authorized representative of the state of origin. The certificate shall state that these regulated articles have been treated in a manner approved by the department to minimize risk of inadvertent introduction of oak wilt disease.
SEED POTATO PESTS
PESTS: Seed potatoes offered for sale in Florida must not exceed the tolerances indicated for the following plant pests: nematode and tuber moth injury, 0%; bacterial ring rot, 0%; blackleg, 1%; Fusarium rot (damage by), 1%; soft rot or wet breakdown, 1%; varietal mixture, .25%; late blight, 1%; and any other dangerous pest of potatoes not listed, 0%. Must also meet requirements for external and internal defects as provided by U.S. Standards for Grades of Seed Potatoes (37 F.R. 8667).
STATES REGULATED: ALL
MATERIALS REGULATED: Seed potatoes
RESTRICTIONS: (1) All potatoes to be sold for propagation in Florida must meet U.S. No. 1 seed potato requirements as set forth in the U.S. Standards for Grades of Seed Potatoes (37 F.R. 8667).(2) All potatoes to be sold for seed in Florida must have been grown under a seed potato certification program of the state or country of origin, and each bag must be accompanied by a certificate issued by the agency administering the seed potato certification program. (3) The department shall have the authority to open any shipment of seed potatoes for inspection and to draw a reasonable sample from any bag of seed potatoes for laboratory examination or for planting for field observation.
Achatina spp. (Example: giant African land snails)
Cornus aspersa (brown garden snail)
Lissachatina fulica (giant African land snail)
Megalobulimus oblongus (giant South American snail)
Theba pisana (white garden snail)
Any other plant-infesting snail which may be determined by department order or rule to
be injurious to Florida agriculture.
STATES REGULATED: AZ, CA, HI, NM, OR, TX, WA,
MATERIALS REGULATED: Any plant, plant product or other regulated article capable of transporting or harboring plant-feeding snails.
RESTRICTIONS: Regulated articles from infested states may move into Florida provided they have been inspected by authorized officials of the state of origin and each shipment accompanied by an original special certificate stating that the articles have been inspected and meet Florida's requirements.
STATES REGULATED: ALL
MATERIALS REGULATED: Propagative parts of sugarcane including all species of the genus Saccharum and all species of its close relatives Imperata, Miscanthidium, Miscanthus, Rapidium, Erianthus, and Sorghumand all hybrids, selections, varieties, or clones.
RESTRICTIONS: The movement of propagative parts of sugarcane into the State of Florida is prohibited unless accompanied by a special permit issued by the department.
Sorghum seed is exempt from this requirement provided it is apparently free from plant pests.
APIARY INSPECTION LAW - PESTS OF HONEYBEES AND UNWANTED RACES OF HONEYBEES
PESTS: American foulbrood, Tropilaelaps clareae, varroa mite, African honeybee, Cape honeybee and any other honeybee race or pest determined by the department to be a threat to the state.
STATES REGULATED: ALL
MATERIALS REGULATED: American foulbrood, Tropilaelaps clareae, varroa mite African honeybee, Cape honeybee, any honeybee race or pest determined by the department to be a threat to the state, used beekeeping equipment or fixtures and any other article capable of transporting a regulated pest or an unwanted race of honeybees.
RESTRICTIONS: The movement of all honeybees, beekeeping equipment, or other regulated articles is prohibited entry into the State of Florida unless accompanied by a certificate issued by the state of origin department of agriculture certifying that the regulated articles were inspected and found to meet Florida's entry requirements.