importing bulbs and seeds

Robin Hansen
Sun, 01 Feb 2009 10:40:00 PST

When I applied for my seed import permit about 2 1/2 years ago, I gave the street address (I have a p.o. box), but noted there was no mail delivery.  It doesn't seem to have been a problem.

Robin Hansen

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mary Sue Ittner 
  To: Pacific Bulb Society 
  Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 8:12 AM
  Subject: Re: [pbs] importing bulbs and seeds


  Mark Mazer's comments about additional challenges in the import system 
  prompts me to comment that there are a number of people on our list who 
  sell bulbs in the United States. Many of them have grown what they sell 
  from seed and are very skilled in doing so. Buying from them although it 
  may cost a bit more saves you the hassle of the system and some time and 
  effort trying to grow the items yourself. Silverhill Seeds in South Africa 
  has come up with a system where a number of  seed orders are inspected and 
  a phyto obtained and those orders are sent to one address in the USA and 
  then sent on to the various customers. That way the cost of the phyto is 
  shared between a number of people and does not add much to the order.

  I wonder what happens to people who live in rural areas of the United 
  States where there is no mail delivery and Post Office Boxes are necessary. 
  Where I live the local post office sends back anything that is addressed to 
  your street address even though most of the people who work there know the 
  post office box numbers for the people involved. It's just the policy. This 
  has caused some hardships for people with mail that they had to receive by 
  a certain date from people or groups who insisted on writing the street 
  address even though they were told that the mail had to go to the post 
  office box.

  Mary Sue

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