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Export Certifications and Inspections
Seed potatoes inspected during loading.

Export certification assures that commodities and plant material meet the phytosanitary requirements of importing states and countries. Phytosanitary measures seek to prevent the spread of harmful pests and diseases. The Montana Department of Agriculture assists exporters in meeting standards by certifying that plants and plant products are free of prohibited materials.


Some export destinations require multiple field inspections during a growing season, laboratory tests, soil analysis and completion of other testing requirements before export certifications can be completed. Exporters should contact the department before a commodity is ready for shipping to determine the phytosanitary requirements for the intended destination. Most countries require issuance of a phytosanitary certificate. Without the certificate, commodities can be detained, refused, or even destroyed at the importing destination.


If you are considering exporting agricultural commodities and would like to apply for a phytosanitary certificate, use the link below to visit the USDA Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking System (PCIT). For general information review the Montana phytosanitary certification overview below.


There is a cost to the producer for export certification. Phytosanitary certificates are either $105, $160, or $180 based on the value of the shipment and type of commodity:


Non-commercial shipment with a value of $1,250 or less = $105

Commercial produce (def. ARM 4.12.1429) shipment valued at $1,250 and up = $160

Commercial shipment of all other commodities value at $1,250 and up = $180




Ian Foley

Pest Management Program Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-9454
E-mail: ifoley@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466

Larry Krum
Anhydrous Ammonia/Seed Potato/Produce
Program Coordinator
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-5419
E-mail: lkrum@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466


Published: Thu Oct 27 16:02:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Thu Sep 08 15:34:30 MDT 2016