Importing Small Lots of Seed

J.E. Shields
Fri, 14 Apr 2006 15:22:44 PDT

14, 2006

Dear Stakeholder:

The following docket has been published in the Federal Register:

Docket No: 02-119-2 Importation of Small Lots of Seed Without Phytosanitary 

We are amending the nursery stock regulations to allow the importation of 
small lots of seed under an import permit with specific conditions, as an 
alternate to the current phytosanitary certificate requirement. This change 
is necessary because several entities that import small lots of 
seedindividual importers, scientists, horticultural societies, arboreta, 
and small businesshave had difficulty obtaining the necessary certificates 
and have been adversely affected by the phytosanitary certificate movement. 
The change makes it feasible for those entities to import small lots of 
seed and ensures prompt and consistent service for such importers while 
continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the 
United States and providing the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
with necessary information about the quality, quantity, and diversity of 
the imported material.

For additional information, see attached link: , click on the "Advanced Search" tab and select 
"Docket Search." In the Docket ID field, enter APHIS-2006-0053, then click 
on "Submit." The [final rule, affirmation, etc.] will appear in the 
resulting list of documents. You may also contact Dr. Arnold T. Tschanz, 
Senior Staff Officer, Commodity Import Analysis and Operations Staff, PPQ, 
APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-5306.



Linda C. Toran
Management Analyst
Regulatory Coordination, Plant Health Programs

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92             WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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