Shipping Plant Material

​Shipping plant material

Nursery stock includes all botanically classified plants or any part:

  • Floral stock
  • Herbaceous plants
  • Bulbs
  • Corms
  • Roots
  • Scions
  • Grafts
  • Cuttings
  • Fruit pits
  • Seeds of fruits
  • Forest and ornamental trees and shrubs
  • Berry plants
  • Trees, shrubs, vines, and plants collected in the wild that are grown or kept for propagation or sale

Nursery stock does not include the following:

  • Field and forage crops
  • Seeds of grasses
  • Cereal grains
  • Vegetable crops and flowers
  • Bulbs and tubers of vegetable crops
  • Vegetable or fruit used for food or feed
  • ​Cut flowers (unless stems or other portions thereof are intended for propagation)
  • Importation of plant material

Importing plant material

Nursery stock shipped into the state must meet the following requirements:

  • Be free of pests, diseases, and noxious weeds.
  • Be accompanied by a shipping certificate issued by the Department of Agriculture from state of plant origin.
  • Meet all Oregon’s quarantine shipping requirements.
  • Comply with the notification rule. Recipients of tree or shrub nursery stock from an out-of-state source must notify the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Nursery Program Supervisor no more than two days after plant material arrives.

Importers of international nursery stock may also need to do the following:

  • Obtain an import permit from USDA
  • Notify ODA
  • Review plant quarantine and import information
    • Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 603-052), Department of Agriculture, Pest and Disease Control
    • Plant import shipping regulations

​Exporting plant material

Oregon grown nursery stock shipped out of the state or country must meet the following requirements:

  • Be free of pests, diseases, and noxious weeds
  • Be accompanied by an ODA shipping permit
  • Meet the destination state's or country's shipping requirements

​Domestic shipments may have various restrictions and certain certifications may be required, depending on the type of plants and the destination state of the shipment. 

International exporting

International exports have requirements in addition to the export requirements listed above. Most plants and propagative plant parts require a federal phytosanitary certificate issued by a certified state or federal official.

Before a phytosanitary certificate is issued the following must occur:

  • An import permit may be required from receiving country.
  • A Phytosanitary Certification Issuance and Tracking (PCIT) account is created to submit a request for a phytosanitary certificate.
  • Plant shipment must be inspected by an ODA or federal official for pests, pathogens, and invasive weeds of concern to the importing country. A notification time of 48 hours to issuing officials is required.

​What is a phytosanitary certificate?

A phytosanitary certificate is a document issued by a certified state or federal official that verifies that plants have been inspected and are free from pests, pathogens, and invasive weeds of concern to the importing state or country. All applications for certificates must be done online through the PCIT system.

What is a plant import permit?

A plant import permit is an official document listing requirements and restrictions from the receiving country. Please check with your area horticulturist for requirements. For detailed information, review our import permit information.

What is a plant shipping permit?

An Oregon shipping permit is a certificate issued by ODA that certifies the plant material is regularly inspected and found free of dangerous pests and diseases. Plant material shipped out of state must be accompanied by a shipping permit.​



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Held Export Worksheet

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National Plant Board

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OAR Division 52: Pest and Disease Control

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Phytosanitary Certificate issuance & tracking system instructions


Plant Health Import Permits

Federal Plant Health Import Permit Website

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

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USDA Import and Export Website


Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System Website

USDA-APHIS Phytosanitary Export Database (PExD)

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Held plant material

For shipments being held by a state:
  • Contact ODA
For shipments held at an international border:


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Nursery & Christmas Tree Program
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