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PA Spotted Lanternfly Announcement

March 14, 2019

Written By: Scott McDevitt

New Spotted Lanternfly permits required for Northeast Trucks and Shippers.

Not having a permit may result in being turned away, fines, and criminal / civil penalties!

The spotted lantern fly (SLF) is an insect infestation that has popped up in 13 counties in eastern Pennsylvania and it can be devastating to numerous industries. As a result, the PA Department of Agriculture established a quarantine zone around the infected area.

* Shippers in the quarantine zone must be permitted.

* Trucks based in the quarantine zone must have permits.

* Trucks that load in the quarantine area must have permits.

* Trucks that stop for a period of time in the quarantine area (such as rest period) must have permits.

Drivers in permitted trucks will be asked questions about the Spotted Lanternfly to verify that they have been trained. Cab stickers or mirror hangers are evidence of being permitted.

On May 1, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is beginning a hard enforcement of a new permit required for trucks and shippers that are located or work in the quarantine zone. States surrounding PA will also be conducting stops, checking logs and bills of lading. They are documenting offenders and may turn them back if they're lacking the required permits. Offenders will be fined and may receive criminal and civil penalties.

The quarantine region in PA consists of 13 counties; Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Bucks, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, and Monroe. Loads from other areas where the Spotted Lanternfly is found may be subject to these provisions. Currently, there are several NJ counties and the Winchester, VA area subject to this. Delaware is developing its quarantine program.


PSU example Scenarios to Determine if you need a permit: 

  1. A tax preparation business has an office within the quarantine zone. Employees drive their personal cars to work and work in the office all day. The business has no company cars and is not actively moving products.

This business does not need a permit. However, employees are encouraged to complete and carry a compliance checklist in their own vehicles.

  1. A potato chip company has a manufacturing facility in the quarantine zone that packages pallets of product, and ships either in its own fleet of trucks or with common carriers.

This business needs a permit. The company should designate one or more supervisors/managers in charge of warehousing or trucking to take the permit training and exam and request enough permits to cover all vehicles under his/her authority. That designated person should then train all workers in the product movement/transport stream and maintain a record of who has been trained. They should place a permit in each company vehicle, along with documentation to show that inspections are being done and control measures (such as vehicle washes) are done at appropriate times to keep the spotted lanternfly from moving with the product or vehicle. Training and inspection/control records must be kept for two years.

  1. The PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) has a regional office within the quarantine zone. In the course of their duties, some regional staff drive state vehicles within the zone, and some drive in and out of the quarantine zone.

 This organization needs a permit. A designated regional employee should take the permit training and exam, requesting enough permits for all vehicles in the work group. The designated employee then trains others in the group, maintains the training record, and provides the permits to be in each vehicle. Each vehicle should carry a log to track Spotted Lanternfly inspection or control measure activities. Records must be kept for two years. 

  1. A business based in western Pennsylvania, outside the quarantine zone, routinely delivers truckloads of product to New Jersey, also outside any quarantine area. The truck drives through the quarantine area but does not stop to load or unload any product.

 This business does not need a permit. However, the business should consider securing the truck and load from hitchhiking Spotted Lanternfly.

  1. An agricultural business that is based outside the quarantine zone routinely delivers produce to a retail distribution center in the quarantine zone. The truck stops in the zone, unloads product, may or may not load material for the return trip.

This business needs a permit. This business, although it is based outside the quarantine zone, needs to have a Spotted Lanternfly permit.


TLI cannot obtain these permits for you although we would be happy to advise and help you get started.

A representative from your company must complete the free online training provided here: After the training is completed, the company representative must then train each driver, shipper, and other employees that you feel need to be educated.

The on-line training takes approximately 90-120 minutes. Additional time will be needed for the trainer to download the training material and train additional employees.

o Be sure the employee training is documented.

o The trainer will be able to print their Certificate of Completion immediately.

o It will take 2-3 weeks to receive the permits, so it is recommended you start sooner rather than later.

If you have any questions regarding these new permit requirements, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture by emailing or Translogistics, Inc. at 


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