Importing Bulbs and Seeds

Brian Whyer
Tue, 27 Jan 2009 13:13:45 PST
> continue to discuss their experiences with plant and 
> seed import regulations
I have exported seed from the UK to the USA prior to the current yellow and green sticker system, but last year was my first under these rules.
I sent 5 packs each of ~50 trillium seed, of the same species, with all the correct paperwork. It was duly checked and passed by the USA authorities, the address label replaced, and delivered back to me. Moral; put your From address in VERY small print. Fortunately my local post office accepted the mistake and it went back in the post, and straight to the intended recipient, without restamping. 3 Atlantic journeys for the price of 1. Amusingly it nearly went by an even more circuitous route as I did not notice there was no country on the yellow/green label and the NY address was Jamaica. The UK Post Office clerk added USA to the address.
I can only assume the USA authorities have a sense of humour calling themselves Aphis, think green fly, but then the UK authorities are Defra, think death ray.
Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8
Snowdrops and Eranthis just coming into their own, later than recent years.

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