Info on relaxation of USDA import rules for seed

Russell Stafford, Odyssey Bulbs
Tue, 04 May 2004 04:52:32 PDT
The notion that you will have to apply for a separate specific permit for 
each importation is totally unfounded.  The import permits (PPQ Form 597) 
to which the proposal refers are good for 5 years, and when you apply for 
one all you have to do is give a general indication of what you will be 
importing and from where.  I have my permit before me, and it gives me 
permission to import "admissible nursery stock, plants, and roots not 
subject to postentry quarantine" and "seeds of trees and shrubs and also 
seeds covered in part 319-37-6".  If the proposed rule were implemented, 
the permit would also allow me to import small quantities of seed without a 
phytosanitary certificate.  As to country of origin, all that is specified 
is "Various Approved Countries".  I've received numerous shipments via 
APHIS New York under this permitting system and have had few problems.  In 
general it is much less expensive and less burdensome than the 
phytosanitary certification process.


At 10:17 PM 5/3/2004 -0400, Leo wrote:
>A separate permit for each proposed shipment would have to be obtained
>in advance from APHIS. The permit would specify exactly which seeds
>would be in the shipment.

Russell Stafford
Odyssey Bulbs
8984 Meadow Lane, Berrien Springs, Michigan  49103

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