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Import Permit, What is That? How To Get It?

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For some countries, you need to get an import permit before buy plant from Indonesia or another country. This is really important, because if you don’t have an import permit, the plants that you buy from another country will be held by customs and destroyed.

If the plants are destroyed by customs because the buyer doesn’t have a permit, we can’t give a replacement or a refund. Because it is the buyer’s responsibility to provide us with the permit. We will ask the buyer about an import permit before processing their order.

On this post, we will explain about how to get import permit in your country. This is based on our experience shipping plant around the world.

What is Import Permit?

import permit requirement

What is import permit? Wikipedia says import permit is “An import license is a document issued by a national government authorizing the importation of certain goods into its territory. Import licenses are considered to be non-tariff barriers to trade when used as a way to discriminate against another country’s goods in order to protect a domestic industry from foreign competition.”

Before you buy plants from Labijo, make sure that your country has not prohibited plants from Indonesia. Some plants can’t be brought into a country because they might bring in pests that are bad for the environment. Every country has its own regulations.

Which Countries Need Import Permits?

This information is subject to change without prior notice. We are not the ones who make the decisions. We write based on our experience and ship plants worldwide. We do not know all of the country’s import permit regulations; this list is based on information received from quarantine staff on February 1, 2023.

  • USA (If you order more than 12 plants, if less than 12 you can buy without import permit. Since Feb 23, All plants that going through Los Angles Customs must have an import permit.) You can get an import permit easily (15minute). Open this link and select PPQ 587.
  • Canada
  • Singapore ( only need to pay the import fee via NParks)
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • UAE
  • Hawaii

We require an import permit not only to print on your package when it is shipped, but also for quarantine to complete a phytosanitary certificate based on your country’s requirements.

How To Get Import Permit?

For some countries, you can get an import permit easily. Usually, you can get information about applying for an import permit on the official Agriculture Ministry website. We try to search for and get information about how to get an import permit.

How To Attach Import Permit for My Order?

If you already order on Labijo website, you can send email to with subject Import Permit for #OrderId

Make sure that you enter an active email address when ordering in Labijo. We will contact you if shipping an order to your country requires an import permit. Especially for those who have never previously purchased plants from Indonesia or another country. You don’t need the permit if you buy plants from a local seller.

If you still have questions about the permit, feel free to ask us in a comment below, or you can also send us a letter if you want to buy plants from us.


How do I get an import permit?

You can check on the link list above, if your country not listed here. You can try to check your official Agriculture Ministry Website to get information about import permit in your country. Usually you only need to registered in system and fill the form to get import permit.

How much Import permit fee?

We don’t know exactly about how much permit fee. Every country has their own regulations. You can read it on the Agriculture Ministry Website. For example, in Singapore, S$11 per consignment.

How Long Does It Take to Get an import permit?

Depend on your country. On the US you can get import permit around 2 – 3 days. When we get customers from Hawaii, they can get import permit less than 6 hours. But sometimes can takes about a weeks.


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