2016-54 - Plant Export Operations – India – Removal of import permit requirement

5 September 2016


To advise industry that India’s Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare no longer requires import permits for certain plant and plant products.


India gazetted the sixth amendment to the Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) Order, 2013 on 19 July 2016. The Order no longer requires an import permit for the import of certain plant and plant products into India. Exporters must still meet India’s phytosanitary requirements.

Summary of changes and key points

  • The department has updated MICOR Plants by removing the import permit requirement for grains, seeds, nuts, forest products, cuttings, plants, tissue culture, fruit and vegetables, to India, excluding those subject to the research end use.
  • All other phytosanitary import conditions for plants and plant products exported to India have not changed as result of this amendment.
  • If presented by the exporter, details of existing valid import permits may continue to be endorsed on phytosanitary certification for plants and plant products exported to India.

Exporter responsibilities

Exporters are responsible to independently verify information published on MICoR Plants about India’s import requirements prior to preparing their goods for export.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this IAN please contact the Grain and Seed Exports Program or phone (02) 6272 3229 or the Horticulture Exports Program.


Dr Chris Parker
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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