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  Puerto Rico & plants
From: Lester Kallus lkallus at earthlink.net> on 2000.11.03 at 09:03:27(5627)
Are there any restrictions on plant imports from Puerto Rico? I'll be
going there for a couple days next weekend. If there are no restrictions,
I might try to find some material to squeeze in. (I know, it's dumb given
the already bulging seams here.)

Now with that in mind - are there any particular spots of interest in San
Juan which I might find on a Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon? I may
have a bit of time on Monday morning too but will have to be at the airport
by noon time.

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From: Don Martinson llmen at execpc.com> on 2000.11.04 at 07:49:42(5629)
>Are there any restrictions on plant imports from Puerto Rico?

Not to the extent as imports from outside the US, but just to be
sure, make certain that you carry no soil nor any type of fruit pulp
(e.g. clean all seeds).

--
Don Martinson

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From: "patricia frank" tricia_frank at hotmail.com> on 2000.11.04 at 07:50:16(5630)
The Rainforest area of the Island is well worth the trip,but I do not
remember the time frame for the visit.

>From: Lester Kallus
>Reply-To: aroid-l@mobot.org

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From: Denis denis at skg.com> on 2000.11.07 at 07:42:04(5637)
At last report Puerto Rico is still protectorates of U.S. as are Guam,
and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Carribean. I don't believe there is
any restrictions on plants or agricultural barriers between there and
the Mainland of the USA. You could ask the Department of Agriculture for
a more definitive answer to the question.

Denis at Silver Krome

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From: David Franzman dfranzma at sonic.net> on 2000.11.07 at 09:17:44(5642)
I would check as there are plant restrictions between Hawaii and California and
Hawaii is a state.

DF

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From: donburns at macconnect.com on 2000.11.07 at 11:05:23(5643)
>At last report Puerto Rico is still protectorates of U.S. as are Guam,
>and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Carribean. I don't believe there is
>any restrictions on plants or agricultural barriers between there and
>the Mainland of the USA. You could ask the Department of Agriculture for
>a more definitive answer to the question.

The last time I was in P.R. on business, maybe six years ago, I was questioned
about plant removal as I entered the airport on a return trip to Miami. Don't
know why they thought someone wearing a suit would be carrying plants.

I suspect the guy who asked the question actually worked for the state of Florida.
Florida can get tough about bringing in certain undesireable plants. Dewey Fisk
has lots of very interesting stories to relate about his experiences as a plant
inspector for Florida.

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From: Richard xerics at bellsouth.net> on 2000.11.07 at 11:58:15(5644)
When I lived in Puerto Rico, there were no restrictions on the type of material
that could be shipped. The US post office operates there and there are no customs
declarations. If you have live plants at the airport, there is a USDA inspector
there who will check your plants for pests. Soil is not permitted.

Dick Wagner

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From: Ron Weeks rhweeks at ibm.net> on 2000.11.07 at 12:07:58(5647)
The Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association reports that plants
entering Florida from Puerto Rico require a phytosanitary certificate
indicating the plants originated from a county free of Pink Hibiscus
Mealybug, treatment for PHMB or inspection and be found free of the
pest. This Florida Division of Plant Industry rule went into effect
September 1, 2000.

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From: "George R Stilwell, Jr." grsjr at juno.com> on 2000.11.07 at 12:09:03(5649)
I don't know what the plant restrictions are between the U.S. Virgin
Isles and the mainland are.
But, customs requires you to declare any and all plant material at the
airport. Presumably
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From: "Susan Cooper" SCooper at cooperpower.com> on 2000.11.07 at 14:17:38(5651)
Hee Hee! So that's how his collection got started.....

I suspect the guy who asked the question actually worked for the state of Florida.
Florida can get tough about bringing in certain undesireable plants. Dewey Fisk
has lots of very interesting stories to relate about his experiences as a plant
inspector for Florida.

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