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[2024 UPDATED] Shipping Plants into the US 

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Shipping plants into the US updated in Q4 2023! This will affect all orders in the US, especially those who ordered more than 12 plants in one package. Please read them carefully to understand the updates.

latest update regulation when you order plants from Indonesia, especially from us

  • An import permit is a must (even if you order less than 12 plants). It’s required to get phytosanitary certificate documents. With an import permit, the buyer understands that they are importing plants from Indonesia.

    They applied this term because there has been an increase in Zero Notifications of Non-Compliance (NNC) for ornamental plant shipments to the U.S.

    This situation primarily arises from some exporters not fulfilling the necessary documents for shipments or because the buyer didn’t understand import regulations.
  • We must ship the plants to your respective USDA (if you order more than 12 plants)
  • The shipping cost we charge, only covers shipping from Indonesia to your respective USDA. Not covering shipping from the USDA to your address. You need to pay for shipping from the USDA, or you can pick up your plants directly at your respective USDA if they are near your place.
  • After the inspection is successful, the buyer will be contacted by the USDA and should send the shipping label by your preferred courier.
  • Shipping directly to the customer’s address is not always successful. The success rate will be only 50% by January 2024.

USDA Shipping Label Instruction

We do this to meet requirements from the USDA import permit label that you send to us before shipping the plants. Here is the information written in your import permit

Inside the Package

The PPQ 588, PPQ 587 or PPQ 546 permit authorizes importation of specified regulated articles. Therefore, the inclusion of articles not specifically authorized on the permit will lead to refusal or destruction of the entire shipment.

Place the following documentation inside each package:

  1. A copy of the permit or the permit number.
  2. Invoice, packing list, or statement of contents.
  3. Phytosanitary Certificate (if required).
  4. All underlying packaging/wrapping must have the following documentation to direct the shipment to its final destination after inspection:
    • a. Final destination’s address (must match the permittee’s address on the permit).
    • b. A prepaid delivery waybill, or carrier account number.
    • c. Any other needed information, such as delivery instructions or pickup instructions.

Note: USDA APHIS does not defray any additional shipping costs for transiting the shipment through a PPQ plant inspection station as the initial U.S. destination.

Outside the Package

Attach the following information on the outside of each package:

  1. The name and address of the shipper.
  2. Required labels – PPQ Form 508
    • Securely attach the green/yellow label to the exterior of each your packages with clear/transparent tape. The PPQ label will direct the package to the PPQ plant inspection station authorized by the permit.
  3. The Express Carrier or Postal shipping label MUST be addressed to the PPQ plant inspection station indicated on the PPQ label. DO NOT include the permit address on the outside of the package.
  4. NO OTHER address information can be on the outside of the package.

With this, we hope you understand shipping plants through the USDA in the US. If you order less than 12 plants, we can ship directly to your address. But, we still need an import permit to apply for the phytosanitary certificate.

Apply for An Import Permit

If you want to start applying for an import permit, here is a good video explanation from Plant Therapii that will help you apply for an import permit.


Here are some frequently asked question about shipping plants to the US

Yes, if you buy more than 12 plants. You need to pay shipping costs from Indonesia to the USDA, then to your address. The shipping cost we charged is for shipping from Indonesia to USDA Plant Inspection.

You can choose your preferred courier to pick up plants from the USDA. Usually, our customers use USPS for shipping from the USDA to the buyer’s address.

But if the USDA Plants Inspection is near your area, we suggest you pick up the plants at the USDA.

Based on USDA instructions, they recommended adding the shipping label inside the box. Therefore, they will use the label that is already on the box and ship it to your address after the USDA has examined the plants.

You can send the USPS label / your preferred courier before shipping. So, we can print them and put them inside your box.

Of course, after COVID ends, usually they let you pick up the package. Before that, make sure to contact your respective USDA plant inspection first.


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