Effective date: 4/4/2013

    (1) In order to prevent the introduction and spread of nuisance pests and diseases listed in Rules 5B-65.003 and 5B-65.004, F.A.C., the movement of commercial shipments of regulated articles into the state is prohibited except under a Master Permit (Master Permit For Firewood and Unprocessed Wood Products, FDACS-08444, Rev. 01/12) issued by the Department. Such permit will stipulate the conditions under which the regulated articles can be moved into the state. The Master Permit for Firewood and Unprocessed Wood Products, FDACS-08444, Rev. 01/12, is incorporated herein by reference and may be obtained from the Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection, by writing to P.O. Box 147100, Gainesville, FL 32614-7100 or from the following website: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-02368. The Master Permit will require all shippers of regulated articles to be under compliance with the state of origin’s plant regulatory organization. A Compliance Agreement issued under a Master Permit shall indicate the requirements for inspections and/or treatments. Only heat, fumigation, or chemical treatments in accordance with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual (Rev. 05/2012), Treatment Schedules T312 — Oak Logs and Lumber and T314 — Logs and Firewood, shall be required in the compliance agreement. The Treatment Schedules are herein incorporated by reference and may be obtained from the following website: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-02370.
    (2) Any shipment of firewood or unprocessed wood products found infested or infected with a wood boring or wood inhabiting pest or plant disease pathogen listed in Rule 5B-65.003 or 5B-65.004, F.A.C., shall be quarantined and returned to the shipper or producer or destroyed by the Department at the expense of the shipper. Infested or infected regulated articles will be placed under Stop Sale Notice and Hold Order FDACS-08016, Rev. 2/10. FDACS 08016, Rev. 2/10 is hereby incorporated by reference and may be obtained from the Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection, by writing to P.O. Box 147100, Gainesville, FL 32614-7100 or from the following website: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-02366. Commercial shipments entering the state through the Department’s agricultural interdiction stations without certification of compliance with the Master Permit of the state of origin shall be issued a Report of Plant and Plant Material in Transit Interdiction Stations, FDACS Form 08003, Rev. 5/10. FDACS Form 08003, Rev. 5/10 is incorporated herein by reference and may be obtained from the Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection, by writing to P.O. Box 147100, Gainesville, FL 32614-7100 or from the following website: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-02365. Non-commercial shipments entering the state through the Department’s agricultural interdiction stations without certification will be allowed entry only when issued and accompanied by a Report of Non-Commercial (Homeowner) Plants or Firewood Without Certification in Transit from Other States FDACS-08105, Rev. 11/10, issued at the station. FDACS form 08105, Rev. 11/10, is incorporated herein by reference and may be obtained from the Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection, by writing to P.O. Box 147100, Gainesville, FL 32614-7100 or from the following website: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-02367. Commercial shippers found in violation of the rule will be suspended from shipping under the master permit issued with the state of origin. The suspension shall remain in effect until the Department of Agriculture of the state of origin has notified the Division of Plant Industry in writing that the shipper is in compliance with all requirements for treatment of firewood or unprocessed wood products.
    (3) The destruction or return of shipments in violation of this rule chapter shall be at the expense of the shipper.
    (4) Prior to the intrastate movement of commercial shipments of firewood or unprocessed wood products, the owner of the articles must submit FDACS 08459, Rev.01/13, Compliance Agreement for Firewood and Unprocessed Wood Products Movement Within the State of Florida to the Division of Plant Industry unless exempted in subsection (7). The form Compliance Agreement for Firewood and Unprocessed Wood Products Movement Within the State of Florida, FDACS 08459, Rev.01/13, is incorporated herein by reference and may be obtained from the Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection, by writing to P.O. Box 147100, Gainesville, FL 32614-7100 or from the following website: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-02369.
    (5) The importation or movement of non-certified, commercial or non-commercial shipments of firewood or unprocessed wood products within or into the state is prohibited except as permitted in subsection (7).
    (6) Cut Christmas trees may enter the state provided they are accompanied by a federal certificate required for movement from regulated areas of the United States or a certificate of inspection issued by the Department of Agriculture in the state of origin.
    (7) Exemptions:
    (a) Locally produced or harvested firewood and unprocessed wood products harvested or produced within a 50-mile radius of the distribution point and not moved more than 50-miles from the point of origin. Regulated articles from locations in states contiguous to Florida that are harvested or produced within 50 miles of a Florida distribution point may enter Florida for direct transport to the distribution point without a certificate of treatment if the articles are accompanied by a proper bill of lading, proof of origin, and any applicable federal certificates for shipments originating from a USDA-regulated area. No locally produced firewood outside Miami-Dade County may enter Miami-Dade County unless treated and certified in accordance with Rule 5B-65.005, F.A.C., by the Department.
    (b) Primary and secondary forest products (including saw logs, saw timber, chip-n-saw, sawdust, veneer logs, pulpwood, wood for pallets, pole wood, dead pine distillate wood, pellets and chips) originating from Florida or states contiguous to Florida and transported for processing at mills and plants (including pulp/paper mills, saw mills, plywood plants, OSB plants, pole plants, mulch plants, and biomass plants).
    (c) Commercial shipments of processed mulch or processed wood chips for cooking destined for further distribution at retail outlets if the shipments are accompanied by proper bill of lading, proof of origin and any applicable federal certificates for shipments originating from a USDA-regulated area.
Rulemaking Authority 570.07(23), 581.031(1), (4), (5), (7) FS. Law Implemented 570.07(2), (13), 581.031(1), (4), (5), (6), (7), (9), (20) FS. History—New 8-10-10, Amended 4-4-13.