Plant Imports

General Shipping Requirements

Each shipment or lot of plant material moving into Colorado must be plainly marked with the names and addresses of shipper and consignee and the general nature of the contents and bear a valid inspection certificate of the state of origin. Any shipment of plant material that is found or deemed liable, to carry pests may be sent out of the state or destroyed within forty-eight hours with no compensation to the owner. 

All nonresident nurserymen or dealers shall file a copy of their state certificate of inspection with the Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry. This requirement may be satisfied by filing with the Department a list of officially inspected and certified nurseries from the state of origin in lieu of individual certificates of inspection from each nursery.
 
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Imported Fire Ant (IFA)

STATES REGULATED (portions of):
California, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.


MATERIALS REGULATED: 
Federal Laws regulate the movement of articles that have the potential to spread IFA. Fire ants are easily transported in soil, nursery stock, hay, sod, used soil-moving equipment, and other products. 

RESTRICTIONS:
Regulated articles require a certificate or permit to assure that they are pest-free prior to shipment out of the IFA quarantine area.  Certain commodities must be inspected or treated with specific chemicals before shipment.

 
European Gypsy Moth

STATES AND PROVINCES REGULATED:
Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.


MATERIALS REGULATED: 
Nursery stock and Christmas trees; Logs, pulpwood, and wood chips; Mobile homes and associated equipment; and Outdoor household articles, such as outdoor furniture, barbecue grills, firewood, doghouses, boats, recreational vehicles, trailers, garbage containers, bicycles, tires, tents, awnings, garden tools, etc.


RESTICTIONS:
Articles above, require inspection and certification prior to movement.

 
Emerald Ash Borer

STATES AND PROVINCES REGULATED (portions of):
New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ontario, and Quebec.


MATERIALS REGULATED: 
emerald ash borer in any life stage,  firewood of all hardwood species, such as ash, oak, maple and hickory,  nursery stock and green lumber of ash,  any other ash material living, dead, cut or fallen including logs, stumps, roots, branches, as well as composted and uncomposted chips of the genus Fraxinus.

RESTRICTIONS: 
Any movement from the quarantined areas into non-quarantined areas will require either a certificate or a limited permit issued by the State of Origin or USDA.

 
Asian Longhorned Beetle

STATES AND PROVINCES REGULATED (portions of):
New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.


MATERIALS REGULATED:
Firewood from all hardwood species.
Green lumber and living, cut, dead and fallen material from host trees, including: Nursery stock, Logs, Stumps, Roots, Branches, Debris more than ½ inch in diameter

RESTRICTIONS:
Any movement from the quarantined areas into non-quarantined areas will require either a certificate or a limited permit issued by the State of Origin or USDA.

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STATES REGULATED: 
The entire states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, the Provinces of Ontario and  Quebec, Canada.

MATERIALS REGULATED:
(a) Soil, growing media, humus, compost, and manure. Soil samples under a federal Compliance Agreement and commercially packaged soil, growing media, humus, compost, manure are exempt; (b) All plants with roots with the exception of nursery produced container grown plants imported in containers with a diameter of 12 inches or less and the volume of the container is less than 750 cubic inches, except as provided in section 4.00 (c); (c) All ornamental grasses and sedges listed in section 5.00 (d) regardless of container size; (d) Grass sod; (e) Plant crowns or roots for propagation (except when free from soil and growing media; clumps of soil or growing media larger than 1/2 inch diameter will be cause for rejection); (f) Bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes of ornamental plants (except when free from soil and growing media; clumps of soil or growing media larger than 1/2 inch diameter will be cause for rejection); and (g) Any other plant, plant part, article or means of conveyance when it is determined by the Colorado Department of Agriculture ("Department") to present a hazard of spreading live Japanese beetle due to either infestation, or exposure to infestation, by Japanese beetle.

RESTRICTIONS:
All commodities covered are prohibited entry into Colorado from the area under quarantine unless they have the required certification.  Plants may be shipped from the area under quarantine into Colorado provided such shipments conform to one of the options below and are accompanied by a certificate issued by an authorized state agricultural official at origin. 
 
For complete details of all of the above please see the entire text of the Colorado Japanese Beetle Quarantine, 8 CCR 1203-21

 

 

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STATES REGULATED: 
All States


MATERIAL REGULATED: 
Seed Potatoes


RESTRICTIONS: 
Seed  potatoes imported into the San Luis Valley of Colorado shall be certified and accompanied by a certificate attesting to the absence of late blight and which shows proof of field inspection and documents that a representative sample of tubers from the loads were tested for late blight.  Any loads not accompanied by a certificate shall not be unloaded and shall be removed from the state if a certificate cannot be produced within forty-eight hours.  All loads with proper certification will be reinspected and random samples taken from each to confirm the absence of late blight.  If late blight is confirmed by testing the load or loads shall be removed from the state within seventy-two hours.

 
 
For complete details of all of the above please see the entire text of the Quarantine for Late Blight, 8 CCR 1203-13
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STATES REGULATED: 
All States


MATERIALS REGULATED: 
All plant material of the genus Prunus except for the following species:   Prunus besseyi, Prunus cistena, Prunus glandulosa, Prunus maackii, Prunus tomentosa, Prunus triloba and Prunus virginiana.


RESTRICITONS: 
All Prunus species with the exception of Prunus besseyi, Prunus cistena, Prunus glandulosa, Prunus maackii, Prunus tomentosa, Prunus triloba and Prunus virginiana are prohibited entry into Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties of Colorado.

 
For complete details of all of the above please see the entire text of the Quarantine on the Importation of Prunus Species into the San Luis Valley, 8 CCR 1203-18

 

 

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STATES REGULATED: 
All States


MATERIALS REGULATED: 
Nursery stock in the following categories:  all ornamental flowering peach varieties (typically having double flowers and planted for their ornamental flower characteristics, not for fruit production); all clingstone peach and nectarine varieties/cultivars; all Rochester and closely related variety peaches exhibiting mottled yellow and white flesh color; all white-fleshed peach and nectarine varieties unless the variety has been shown to express obvious symptoms of peach mosaic on a routine basis when infected with the peach mosaic virus.  This quarantine does not prohibit the importation of the following categories of nursery stock:  all freestone peach and nectarine cultivars with a yellow fruit flesh color; mosaic expressing freestone white-fleshed peach and nectarine varieties identified by the Colorado State University-Orchard Mesa Research Center.


RESTRICTIONS: 
Transportation by any means whatsoever of the foregoing restricted carriers from any area in to Mesa County, Colorado, is prohibited.

 
For complete details of all of the above please see the entire text of the Quarantine against importation of Symptomless Carriers of Peach Mosaic into Mesa County, 8 CCR 1203-16

 

 

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