[See Clauses 3(2), 10(2) and 11(1) under Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India ) Order, 2003]




Plant species/ variety


Categories of plant material (3)

Prohibited from the countries


Justification for Prohibition



Banana, Plantain and Abaca (Musa spp.)



Central & South America , Hawaii , Philippines and Cameroon

Due to incidence of destructive pests such as Moko wilt (Burkholderia solanacearum) race 2 and Cameroon marbling (phytoplasma)


Cassava or tapioca

(Manihot esculenta)

Seed/Stem cuttings

Africa & South America

Due to incidence of destructive pests such as: Super elongation (Sphaceloma manihoticola), Cassava bacterial blight (Xanthomonas campestris pv. manihotis) - American strains, Cassava witches’ broom (phytoplasma) and several cassava viruses.



Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) and plants species belong to Sterculiaceae, Bombacaceae and Tiliaceae.

Fresh beans/Pods/

Bud wood/ Grafts

Root stock/Saplings

West Africa, Tropical America and Sri Lanka .

Due to incidence of destructive pests such as: Swollen shoot virus and related virus strains of cocoa, Witches’ broom (Crinipellis ( Marasmius) perniciosa

Watery pod rot ( Monilia (Moniliopthora) roreri)

Mealy pod (Trachysphaera fructigena)

Mirids (Sahlbergia singularis & Distantiella theobroma), Cocoa moth (Acorocercops cramerella), Cocoa capsid (Sahlbergiella theobroma), Cocoa beetle (Steirastoma brevi),

Seedling damping-off (Phytophthora cactorum), Chestnut downy mildew (Phytophthora katsurae) and Black pod of cocoa (Phytophthora megakarya).



Cocoyam or Dasheen or Taro (Arvi) (Colocasia esculenta) and other edible Aeroids


Corms/Cormlets/ Suckers

Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea , Solomon Islands and South Pacific countries

Due to incidence of destructive pests such as Alomae land Bobone (Rhabdo viruses), Dasheen mosaic virus (South Pacific strains) and Bacterial blight (Xanthomonas campestric pv. dieffenbachiae).



Coconut (Cocos nucifera) and related species of Cocoideae

Seed nuts/ Seedlings

/Pollen/Tissue cultures etc.

Africa (Cameroon , Ghana , Nigeria , Togo and Tanzania ),

North America (Florida in USA, Mexico); Central America and Caribbean (Cayman Islands, Bahmas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica)

Philippines and Gaum

Brazil (Atlantic Coast), Trinidad, Tobago, Greneda, St. Vincent, Barbados, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela and Ecuador

Surinam (Dutch Guyana )

Sri Lanka .

Due to incidence of destructive pests such as: Palm lethal yellowing (phytoplasma) and related strains, Cadang cadang & Tinangaja (viroid), Lethal boll rot (Marasmiellus coco- philus), Red ring (Rhadinaphelenchus cocophilus (palmarum), South American Palm weevil (Rhyncophorus palmarum), Leaf minor (Promecotheca cumingi) and Palm kernel borer (Pachymerus spp).



Coffee (Coffea spp.) and related species of Rubiaceae

Beans (seeds) /

Berries (freshly harvested)/ Grafts/ Bud wood/ Seedlings/

Rooted cuttings etc.

Africa and

South America

Due to incidence of destructive pests such as American leaf spot (Mycena citricolor, syn. Omphalia flavida), Coffee berry disease (Colletotrichum coffeanum var. virulens), Tracheomycosis (Gibberella xylariodes, syn Fusarium xylarioids), Powdery rust (Hemeleia coffeicola), Phloem necrosis (Phytomonas leptovasorum) and Coffee viruses (coffee ring spot, leaf rugosity, leaf curl, leaf crinkle and mosaic viruses), Coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei, Sophronica ventralis) and Coffee thrips (Diarthrothrips coffeae).




Forest plant species:

(i) Chestnut (Castanea spp.)




(i) Seeds/ Fruits/

Grafts and other planting material



North America (USA and Canada )




Due to incidence of destructive pests such as: Chestnut blight or canker (Cryphonectria (Endothia) parasitica)-American strain.




(ii) Elm (Ulmus spp.)










(ii) Plants/ planting material









North America (USA and Canada ) and Europe and Russia








Due to incidence of destructive pests such as: Dutch elm disease (Ceratocystis ulmi) - American and European strains, Elm mottle virus, Elm bark beetles (Scolytidae), Elm phloem necrosis (Phytoplasmas) and White -banded elm leaf hopper (Scaphoidous luteolus) -vector of Elm phloem necrosis.




(iii) Oak (Quercus spp.)





(iii) Seeds/ Root grafts





United States of America




Due to incidence of destructive Oak wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum) and Oak bark beetles (Pseudopityophthorus spp.)



(iv) Pine (Pinus spp.) and other coniferous species


(iv) (a) Seeds/ Saplings
















North America (Canada , USA and Mexico ).
















Due to incidence of destructive pests such as Pine rusts [Stalactiform blister rust(Cronartium coleosporioides), Comandra blister rust (C. comandrae), sweet fern blister rust (C. comptoniae), Southern fusiform rust (C. fusiforme), Western gall rust (Endocronartium harknessii), Brown spot needle blight (Mycosphaerella dearnesii, syn. Scirrhia acicola), Seedling die-back and pitch canker (Fusarium moniliforme f.sp. subglutinans) and Needle cast (Lophodermium spp.)





(iv) (b) Wood with bark



North America (Canada & USA ), Asia (China , Hong Kong , Japan , Korea , Republic of Taiwan )


Due to destructive Pine wood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus)



Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) and related species


seed sprouts

Philippines and Guam

Due to incidence of Cadang cadang & Tinangaja (viroid)


Potato (Solanum tuberosum) and other tuber bearing species of Solanaceae

Tubers and other planting material

South America

Due to incidence of destructive pests such as Potato smut [Thecaphora (Angiosorus) solani],

Potato viruses viz. Andean potato latent, Andean potato mottle, Arracacha B virus, Potato deforming mosaic, Potato T (capillo virus), Potato yellow dwarf, Potato yellow vein, Potato calico strain of Tobacco ring spot virus and Andean potato weevil (Premnotrypes spp.)


Rubber (Hevea spp.)


budwood and any other plant material

Tropical America (Area extending 231/2 degrees North land 231/2 degrees South of the equator (Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer) and includes adjacent islands and longitude 30 degree West land 120 degrees East including part of Mexico, North of the Tropic of Cancer)

Due to incidence of destructive South American Leaf Blight of Rubber (Microcyclus ulei)


Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.)

Cuttings or setts of planting

Fiji , Papua New Guinea , Australia , Philippines and Indonesia

Due to incidence of destructive Fiji virus


Sweet potato (Ipomoea spp.)

Stem (Vine)

cuttings rooted or un-rooted/tubers

South Africa , East Africa, New Zealand , Nigeria , USA , Argentina and Israel .

Due to incidence of destructive pests such as: Scab (Elsinoe batatas), Scurf (Moniliochaetes infuscans), Foot rot (Plenodomus destruens), Soil rot (Streptomyces ipomoeae), Bacteria wilt (Pseudomonas batatae), Sweet potato viruses viz. Russet crack; feathery mottle; internal cork; chlorotic leaf spot; vein mosaic; mild mottle and yellow dwarf, vein clearing; chlorotic stunt; Sheffied’s virus A and B etc., Sweet potato witches’ broom (phytoplasmas) and seed bruchid (Mimosestes mimosae)



Yam (Dioscorea spp.)

Tubers for planting or propagation

West Africa and Caribbean region

Due to incidence of destructive Yam mosaic virus/ green banding virus