Center for Plant Health Science and Technology
Treatment Quality Assurance Unit
In-Transit Cold Treatment Search by USDA


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                          ***Cold Treatment Vessel Expiration Extension***

APHIS-PPQ is providing a final extension of certification expiration dates for all eligible cold treatment (CT) vessels. All vessels with certification expiration dates between March 17, 2020 and June 30, 2024 will now have a new expiration date of July 1, 2024. Vessels with expiration dates before March 17, 2020 will still require recertification to participate in U.S. in-transit break bulk cold treatment programs. These changes will not affect vessels with expiration dates after June 30, 2024. No further extension on recertification will be authorized and all vessels seeking to offload in-transit cold treated material must be certified upon arrival after July 1, 2024.

Vessel certification or recertification for cold treatment is not being offered outside of ports in the United States. Currently certification or recertification is only being offered at the following ports:

    Long Beach, California
    Wilmington, Delaware
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Port Canaveral, Florida
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ensure that any vessels arriving to these ports needing certification or recertification arrange for those services in advance and are prepared for the event upon arrival.

Please send all questions to

USDA APHIS Treatment Quality Assurance Unit
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