I have been the proud holder of fifty-three USDA Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) PPQ526 permits (Permit for interstate movement of pests or noxious weeds) for the past three years. Permits to send and receive Bombyx mori, to receive Saturniids… even one to import B. mori, but only from WorldWide Butterfly. It was time to reapply back in January, and the responses have started to come back.
Now, instead of permits, I’m getting this “Letter of No Permit Required.” Huh? I read the first one, and was delighted to see:
Now, I still have to maintain PPQ permits for transport of the wild type silkmoths, or for importation… but the vast majority of what I have been sending and receiving is Bombyx mori. With it no longer being regulated for interstate movement… it just takes a lot of paperwork hassle off my shoulders. Yaaay! This makes my mission of sharing the joy of silkworm raising a LOT easier.