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Importing seed from other countries

Posted by prhart western NC (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 3, 08 at 15:06

Has anyone had success using the Small Seed Lot permit that the USDA will provide to persons interested in getting seed from abroad without a phytosanitary certificate. It is a fairly tedious process to apply and once granted, the accompanying information seems to say that you must make arrangements to either personally pick up the seed at the inspection station or require a carrier to pick it up and forward it to you. On the other hand, a UK site says that the USDA will inspect the seed and then put it back in the mail to you. Obviously, the latter is the only practical solution unless you live in a border inspection city. Yes, I know that lots of people send seed internationally without a certificate but some foreign firms will not send seed unless you provide them with the small seed lot permit.

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RE: Importing seed from other countries

I have never tried...however I will tell you this. I made a accidental mistake of having someone send me seeds from out of the country. they were seized by customs trasported to the dept of agriculture. when they couldnt identify them they were on my door knocking...literally at my doorstep. be careful what you order from other countries. Forunant for me I knew what they were. they were no where near illegal and the usda left me alone and apologized.

RE: Importing seed from other countries

the only place ive ever mailed to was canada, seeds n plants, never had a proublem, she always got my boxes or envys,

RE: Importing seed from other countries

I have had seeds confiscated twice and received a letter from USDA, but nobody has ever come to my door, I just never got the seeds. I have never had a problem ordering from another country, maybe the source of the seed is the problem. A business can be regulated, but individuals cannot. Linda

RE: Importing seed from other countries

I, too, have exchanged seeds and even plants with GW members living in other countries. When it comes to purchasing seeds from firms in Canada, Great Britain, etc., they require that you either purchase the phytosanitary certificate which adds considerably to the cost, especially if you are talking about seeds,or obtain the Small Seed Lots permit which is free and satisfies the requirements. So far, no one has responded who tried to go this latter route. So, I repeat the question which I originally posted. Has anyone ordered and received seeds using this somewhat complicated but legitimate method.

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