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PLANT QUARANTINE SERVICES  
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Permits and Licences Issued:

Application Type Forms to be used
Application to Import Plant / Plant Products PQS Form 1A
Application For Phytosanitary Certificate PQS 2 
Application For Export Licence 2nd Schedule Custom Regulations
Heat Treatment Provider Certification PQ (WPM)
Malaysian Fumigation Accreditation Scheme JPS PPP/01

List of Services:

  1. Issue of Import Permits for Plant and Plant Products
  2. Issue of Phytosanitary Certificate for Plants and Plant Products
  3. Issue of Export License
  4. Heat Treatment Provider Certification Scheme
  5. Malaysian Fumigation Accreditation Scheme

IMPORTING PROCEDURES

Prohibited Goods

The imporation of certain goods are prohibited except for research purposes and under special conditions, such as:

  1. pests
  2. soil
  3. species of Hevea
  4. plants form American Tropics and Central Africa
  5. all plants under the Third Schedule of the Plant Quarantine Regulations 1981

The importation of citrus and papaya into the State has been suspended due to the Citrus Greening Disease and the Papaya Ringspot Virus.

Good Requiring Import Permit and Phytosanitary Certificate

The importation of the following goods require an import permit and phytosanitary certificate:

  1. plants including seeds and planting materials
  2. beneficial organisms for agriculture
  3. herbarium, cut flowers, dried flowers
  4. organic fertilizer, growing media, rooting media and certain category of soil

Procedure for application of Import Permit

  • Fill in PQS Form 1A (Application for Permit to Import Plants / Plant Materials
  • Forms obtainable from:
a. Plant Quarantine Section,
Department of Agriculture, Jalan Kumpang,
Off Jalan Ong Tiang Swee,
93200 Kuching
Tel: 082-255845 / 082-414712 / 082-413/63
b. All Divisional Agriculture Offices
   
  • Application must be accompanied by the following:
    • Payment of RM15.00 for each permit applied
    • An indication of location of nursery to enable Plant Quarantine Inspectors to carry out post-entry quarantine inspection

All Import Permits are valid for 3 months and is only eligible for 1 import consignment.

Goods which does not require Import Permit and Phytosanitary Certificate

The importation of the following goods does not require an import permit and a phytosanitary certificate:

  1. fresh plant product for consumption and medicinal purposes
  2. processed plant product

These goods need to be declared to Plant Quarantine Officers for inspection purposes to ensure that they are free from pests and diseases.

Good which require Phytosanitary Certificate and Treatment

Fresh plant products for consumption and medicinal purposes and processed plant products from Khapra beetle countries as in the Ninth Schedule of the Plant Quarantine Regulations 1981 need to be treated and accompanied with a Phytosanitary Certificate. The products and countries as follows:

Products:

  1. Legumes - grain and groun flour
  2. Cashew nuts
  3. Groundnuts - nuts and meal
  4. Corn - grain, ground flour and dried cobs
  5. Rice - milled and bran
  6. Cereals - grain and bran
  7. Wheat - grain and bran
  8. Spices
  9. Tapioca - pellets and ground flour
  10. Millet - grain
  11. Gunny sacks

Countries:

  1. Bangladesh
  2. India
  3. Pakistan
  4. Sudan
  5. Turkey
  6. Thailand
  7. Phillipines
  8. Myanmar
  9. Indonesia
  10. Morocco
  11. Sri Lanka

Phytosanitary Certificates are issued by an exporting country based on the requirement of the importing country.

EXPORTING PROCEDURES

To facilitate trade and to ensure that goods exported are acceptable to the importing country, the following procedures need to be complied with by exporters:

Exports need to be accompanied by a valid Phytosanitary Certificate which is valid for one (1) consigmnent only and is valid for a period of 14 days from the issue of the Phytosanitary Certificate

Treatment is carried out on the consignment as per conditions stated by the importing country

Procedure for Application of Phytosanitary Certificate

  • Fill in PQS Form 2 (Application for Phytosanitary Certificate)
  • Forms obtainable from:
a. Plant Quarantine Section,
Department of Agriculture, Jalan Kumpang,
Off Jalan Ong Tiang Swee,
93200 Kuching
Tel: 082-255845 / 082-414712 / 082-413/63
b. All Divisional Agriculture Offices
   
  • Application must be accompanied by the following:
  1. Payment of RM10.00 for each certificate applied
  2. Payment of RM10.00 for every half hour inspection time of consignment for export

Other Requirement to fulfill the State Legislation and International Agreements on Sanitary Measures on Plant Materials

  1. Export Licence under the Customs Order 1988
  2. CITES Certificate
  3. Export Permit under the Forestry Department

Plant Quarantine Inspection

Agricultural goods imported, with or without Permits or Phytosanitary Certificates, are subjected to inspection by Plant Quarantine Officers upon arrival. Besides this, passengers with agricultural goods, arriving from destinations other than domestic destinations in the State are also subjected to inspection. These include passengers from Semenanjung Malaysia and Sabah.

Inspection on cargoes are carried out the airline cargo areas or at gazetted entry points at the border immigration / customs checkpoints.

Importers of passengers who violate the Plant Quarantine laws will be dealt with accordingly as provided in the legislations. Actions taken include detaining of the consignments for treatment, destroyed or refused entry.


CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species) Permits

A permit is required to trade in plants of endangered species

Trade in these species is permitted with proper documents issued by the government of the exporting country

The Department of Forestry Sarawak issues this permit for plants.


Plant Quarantine Services Sarawak

1. Import Conditions for Import of Timber, Lumber, Logs, Sawn Timber and Wood Products effective 03 November 2009.

Requirements:

i) Import Permit from Department of Agriculture.
ii) Phytosanitary Certificate from exporting country.

2. Implementation of ISPM 15 (Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade) effective 01 July 2010.

Requirements:

i) Imported wood packaging materials to be constructed from debarked wood.
ii) All WPM to be treated either by Heat Treatment or fumigation.
iii) Heat Treatment and Fumigation Providers must be accredited by Plant Quarantine, Department of Agriculture.