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Procedure NameImport Permit for Plants and Plant Products


Import Permit

Responsible Agency       

Ministry of Agriculture
Address: Malkerns Research Station,


Phone: (+268) 2527 4075/71/95/69


Legal base of the Procedure

The Plant Health Protection Act, 2013


 Free of charge

Required Documents


Type of information



Country of Origin

Other documents necessary for the application

Process Steps

Step 1

The applicant visits the office of the National Plant Health Inspectorate Services.

Step 2

The Inspector processes the application, making sure all information is provided.

Step 3 The Inspector conducts a pest risk analysis process.  Some permits may come with conditions but an application is unlikely to be disapproved, rather mitigation measures are shared and implemented. 
Step 4 The import permit is approved. (The approval process length depends on the level of risk due to pest risk analysis. It could take a few hours or a week at most.)
Step 5 The applicant receives 2 copies of permit and may proceed with the importing of the plants/plant products in accordance to customs formalities and subject to compliance with relevant import requirements, as stipulated on the plant import permit.  
Step 6 A copy of the permit and related information are filed for record-keeping at DARSS offices.




The following form/s are used in this procedure
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This procedure applies to the following measures
NameMeasure TypeAgencyDescriptionCommentsLegal DocumentValidity ToMeasure Class
Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products Permit RequirementMinistry of AgricultureThis permit is issued to ensure that plants and plant materials are free from pests before they can be imported to Eswatini. The permit is in the form of pre-printed form (serialized with carbon copies). The trade in plants/plant products is governed by the Plant Control Act. Importation is subject to compliance with relevant import and phytosanitary requirements, as stipulated on plant import permit. The permit is obtained from the National Plant Health Inspectorate Services only, located at the Department of Agricultural Research & Specialist Services in Malkerns, and has a validity period of twelve months from date of issue and can be used for one consignment only. The Plant Health Protection Act, 2013 09-09-9999Good