This program provides the first line of defense for California agriculture and environment against the invasion of exotic pests. Inspections provide protection from introduction of insect and disease pests that may be introduced into the state through the movement of plants and plant products as well as other items through normal channels of trade. The establishment of these new pests may adversely affect our natural environment as well as negatively impact the State’s economy.
This program also involves inspection of plant material being delivered to other states and countries and the issuance of certificates documenting compliance with their entry requirements. This allows growers to ship their products throughout the world. In 2014, our office issued 8,725 export certificates.