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  Re: laws or restrictions on mailing seeds/plants to another country
From: Kevin Martyn <n9730000 at cc.wwu.edu> on 1997.12.02 at 05:21:19(1682)
jbauer wrote:
> Hi All,
> What are the laws or restrictions on mailing seeds or plants to another
> country?
> I heard of someone having to sneak Primrose seeds through customs from
> England to the US.
> Several years ago many of the horticultural crops in California were
> wiped out because of a plant imported with an insect. As a result
> California is very strict about importing any agricultural products.
> I would like to send seeds to one of our Aroider friends in England.
> Has anyone had success with mailing seeds from the US to England?
> Thanks,
> Judy Bauer
> 8440 Huckleberry Trl
> Concord NC 28027
> plant zone 7

You can contact the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Management
Authority, P.O. Box 3507, Arlington, Virginia 22203-3507. (703)358-2104.
Ask for Circular PPQ Q.37-10, this will describe the steps to take to
import and export plants and seeds (particularly CITES protected
species). They'll probably ask to fax it to you.
It states that if you wish to export CITES or ESA plants you can obtain
an export permit from the same office. It does not state what is
necessary to export unprotected species. I suspect you will need some
sort of permit from the country of destination though. You may want to
address this issue of unprotected plants while on the phone. In either
case, the literature says that they will also help determine the foreign
agency you need to contact.
For anyone who might want to import, also ask for an application for a
USDA permit (PPQ form 587).
Hope this leads to all the answers. Please post what you find out, I
think a lot of people might like to know this stuff. Thanks!

Kevin Martyn

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