USDA Seeks User Feedback on New Agricultural Commodity Import Requirement Portal


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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a new portal to simplify access to entry requirements for agricultural commodities imported into the United States. APHIS’ Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements (ACIR) online portal allows users to use a simple search interface to locate and display import requirements. Users can check ACIR to see if they need to apply for a permit. APHIS’ eFile system for permit, license, and registration applications uses the ACIR import requirement data when processing plant and plant product permit applications.

APHIS is beta-testing ACIR’s public portal starting with Plants and Plant Products Not for Propagation. Users can watch ACIR help videos to learn how to navigate through the portal, access information, submit questions, and provide feedback. APHIS will use the feedback to improve the user experience as they continue to develop the interface. Users can  visit our ACIR feedback page or email us at to provide your feedback

APHIS’ ACIR stakeholders benefits include:

  • A user-friendly search tool for commodity import information.
  • All relevant import requirements for a given commodity are presented in one place.
  • Self-service responses to entry requirement questions.

When fully implemented ACIR will also include import requirements for Plants for Planting and Propagation, Animal Products and Byproducts, and other Miscellaneous and Processed Products articles. It will also include Treatment Schedules and procedures We anticipate full implementation of ACIR in fiscal year 2022. Once complete, ACIR will replace APHIS’ online import requirement manuals for plants and plant products.