Heads up for US based importers of seed.

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Sun, 27 Jan 2008 09:53:44 PST
Bill Aley wrote: "Just a heads us, USDA APHIS implemented a new policy last
year that  
many may find useful.
The program is for shipping internationally into the USA small lots of  
Small lots - less than 50 seed of any labeled species."

Actually, it's even better than that. 

The limit is 50 seeds per packet or 10 g. per packet. That way, you don't
have to count your poppy seeds or fern spores. 

Also, there is a limit on the number of packets which can be imported in one
shipment: 50. 

All 50 packets can be the same taxon, but they have to be packeted as either
50 seeds per packet or 10 g. per packet. 

There are 16 conditions which determine what you can and can not do under
this permit, and seed prohibited under other restrictions are also
prohibited under this permit. So be sure to read the fine print before you

Alpine-L has had many postings on this topic, and some of the details of the
process are still being worked out. 

Jim McKenney
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