Import Using Permits

You will receive an e-mail shortly after you submit an e-permit application confirming that the application was received. Most courtesy permit applications for importing non-regulated items are reviewed within two to three working days. Standard permit applications for importing regulated items may take longer to review. You will then receive an e-mail directing you to the epermits site where the permit can be downloaded or printed out (see example of a courtesy permit).

If you are issued a courtesy permit, you will receive another e-mail immediately providing you with a Letter of No Jurisdiction (see example) and shipping instructions.

If you are issued a standard permit, shipping labels and instructions will be sent as a pdf file attached to an email message. APHIS announced in September 2014 that it was transitioning away from gummed paper shipping labels delivered by courier.