Welcome to the Department of Agriculture, Biosecurity Division
ANNOUNCEMENT: Guam Invasive Species Council Meeting, May 25th 2021 10:30AM on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/95535013531?pwd=UTJiZGpQWVhzc0tHaUFwYnNoblk4QT09), Passcode: gisc
The Biosecurity Division serves as the Department’s center for Biosecurity and Agricultural Quarantine at the Plant Inspection Facility. As such, its primary focus is to assist stakeholders interested in imports and exports of food and agricultural items, to assist in food security and safety concerns, and to coordinate the Government of Guam’s responses to new invasive species threats. These coordination and scientific regulatory services are accomplished through many local, national and international linkages. Cooperation is especially close with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Customs and Quarantine Agency and the University of Guam.
Biosecurity Division staff prepares and issues Import Permits for fruits and vegetables, live plants, seeds and related articles and fresh egg Import Permits. There are also export certification inspections conducted and appropriate certificates issued: Phytosanitary Certificates and Certificates of Origin. The Division fees collected from permit and certificate support operations. The Plant Inspection Facility inspects live plants with pest identification determinations performed and shipment dispositions ordered, to protect Guam from invasive pests and diseases.
Staff also conduct smuggling interdiction and trade compliance enforcement efforts by inspecting retail and wholesale establishments under federal agricultural regulations. Staff are also involved in limiting the destructive effects of the coconut rhinoceros beetle, little fire ants and other invasive species through targeted activities and training programs.