If you wish to import nontransgenic Drosophila strains, you must apply for an import permit through Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ).
Import permits for nontransgenic Drosophila may be obtained by completing USDA Form 526 and faxing or mailing it to:
Plant Protection and Quarantine
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
4700 River Road, Unit 133
Riverdale, MD 20737
(301) 734-8700 (fax)
To help you apply, the Bloomington Stock Center provides a partially completed USDA Form 526. The form has been modified so that it may be filled out and printed within Adobe Acrobat Reader (Mac users, you must display the form in Reader, not Preview). Simply fill in the appropriate boxes (marked ****), print out and sign. Note that our version of Form 526 has not been reviewed by Plant Protection and Quarantine. They may require modifications. A blank Form 526 is available from the APHIS web site.
PPQ permit applications may be submitted electronically, but PPQ requires a security clearance in order to use the online forms. In order to obtain this “Level 2 access”, you must visit a USDA office in person and present appropriate personal identification.