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If you ship any plant or plant products out of Kentucky, internationally or domestically, you may need a phytosanitary (phyto) certificate.


What is phytosanitary certification?

Phytosanitary certification is used to attest that consignments meet phytosanitary (regarding plants) import requirements set forth by the importing country.

Do I need a phytosanitary certificate?

If you ship any plant or plant products out of Kentucky, internationally or domestically, you may need a phytosanitary (phyto) certificate.

What is PCIT?

The web-based Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking (PCIT) system allows you to create and submit applications for certificates to export commodities. You may also view the progress of your applications, print copies of your applications and final certificates, and create templates to simplify the application creation process.

Do I have to create a PCIT account?

You must create a PCIT account if you will be exporting on a regular basis. For those that may be exporting sporadically or maybe only one time, our office can create the application for you. You would need to fill out the PPQ Form 572 and email it to Carl Harper.

How do I use PCIT?

You must first have only a Level-1 eAuthentication account. The link is to a PDF file.

Feel free to print it out so that you have it available to refer to when going through the registration process.

More help is available at the PCIT SUPPORT page

Where do I submit my applications on PCIT?

Once registered you can send the applications to the KY: Lexington (State) Duty Station.

Where do I submit my applications on PCIT if I am NOT shipping from Kentucky?

You should contact your Federal or State Plant Regulatory Office for your state. They should be able to direct you to the correct person in your state to process your application(s).

Is there a charge for this?

There is a charge for each Phytosanitary Certificate issued, please call or write Carl Harper for the issuing fee.  The rates vary depending upon the type of application and value of the commodity.

How long does it take to process an application?

Allow up to 7 - 10 days for processing. This includes:

  • Completion of the other applications submitted prior to your submission; and
  • Review of commodity/commodities being exported (speed of review is dependent upon the number of commodities listed for export); and
  • Review of regulations in PExD, any import permits from the ministry of agriculture of the country exporting to, and any other eligible documentation required to certify the commodity/commodities; and
  • Inspection of eligible commodities to be exported; and
  • Any other item(s) required to certify the commodities listed for export; and
  • Processing the application.

Email or call Carl Harper for actual processing times (which is typically a much quicker turn around time).