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  USDA regulation (seed phytos)
From: "Marge Talt" mtalt at hort.net> on 2002.07.29 at 23:04:57(9129)
Hi All....Here (below my SIG) is the post Joyce Fingerut made to
Alpine-L outlining the issues and providing the address for sending
letters concerning the APHIS phyto regulation for seeds that I
mentioned at the IAS breakfast meeting this (now yesterday) morning.

What a FANTASTIC weekend!!! Hope everyone arrived home safe and
sound.

Marge

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From: MossyTrail at cs.com on 2002.07.30 at 13:17:21(9138)
In a message dated 7/29/2002 11:08:52 PM Pacific Daylight Time, mtalt@hort.net writes:

requires a point-of-origin phyto for seeds entering the US.

Unless I am mistaken, this regulation also has attached to it a similar one on interstate shipping?

From: "Marge Talt" mtalt at hort.net> on 2002.07.30 at 19:20:58(9141)
> From: MossyTrail@cs.com
> requires a point-of-origin phyto for seeds entering the US.
> Unless I am mistaken, this regulation also has attached to it a
similar one
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From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 2002.07.31 at 07:26:50(9150)
In a message dated 7/30/2002 10:23:46 PM Eastern Daylight Time, mtalt@hort.net writes:

It is currently affecting small
seed houses that regularly sell seed to the US.

Can they obtain a "blanket" phyto for the entire seed batch or for all their available seeds, or must they obtain phyto for each individual shipment?

Donna

From: "Leo A. Martin" leo1010 at attglobal.net> on 2002.07.31 at 21:36:22(9157)
> Can they obtain a "blanket" phyto for the entire seed
> batch or for all their available seeds, or must they
> obtain phyto for each individual shipment?

Every shipment must have a phytosanitary certificate enclosed. How that is issued is up to the originating country. So far the packages I have received from Australia and Germany have each had a certificate enclosed that was issued for my small shipment alone.

Silverhill Seeds in South Africa is regularly pooling shipments and sending to somebody in the US who repackages the individual orders and remails, which does not require a phytosanitary certificate.

This regulation is devastating to various international plant society seed banks.

Leo

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From: "Marge Talt" mtalt at hort.net> on 2002.08.01 at 07:11:31(9159)
> From: SelbyHort@aol.com
Can they obtain a "blanket" phyto for the entire seed batch or for
all their
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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.08.01 at 07:12:05(9161)
Hello Friends,

A short while ago David Lloyd wrote a very helpful letter concerning his
experiences with the need for a phyto permit for entering the USA with
plants in California after he returned from a Heliconia conference in
Thailand, He reported that one was deff. needed in California, but that De
Hall reported that one was NOT needed in Miami, Florida till 1/1/03. Is
there any way to get an OFFICAL verification of this policy, perhaps there
is a web site that reports this, and can ANYONE out there confirm this is in
fact a policy being adhered to by the guys at Miami airport????? Nothing
could be worse than making a trip, collecting irreplacable plants, arriving
at Miami and having the inspectors throw the plants in the incinerator IF
this policy is not an 'official' one.

I thank you all for your time.

Julius

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From: "Leo A. Martin" leo1010 at attglobal.net> on 2002.08.01 at 22:22:35(9168)
The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) home page is here:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/

All proposed regulations are listed here, in chronologic order with most recent at the top of the page:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html

Here is the publication of the original rule, which had an effective date of September 21, 2001:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname 01_register&docid=fr23jy01-1

The effective date was delayed until January 22, 2002. It is now in effect:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname 01_register&docid=fr31au01-21

This link didn't work this morning but it should work.

This is where US citizens and businesses go for permits:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/permits/plantproducts/nursery.html#faq

Effectiove January 22, 2002, all living plant material - seeds, bulbs, stems, leaves, plants - entering the US requires a phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin.

Leo

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From: Regferns at aol.com on 2002.08.01 at 23:00:41(9172)
Earlier this year, I received information regarding the new regulations. There is an article at the Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society's website: www.tfeps.org/permits1.htm, or go to tfeps.org and click on the Permits button. At the end of the article there is an official USDA web address where you can see the guidelines.

I too have heard that some port cities are not following the guidelines. I do know of two cases at the L.A. facility whereby plants were confiscated even though the importers had Plant Importing Permits, but lacked phytosanitary forms.

Reggie Whitehead
www.tfeps.org

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