Problems by sending plants to an other country

Adam Fikso
Sat, 13 Nov 2010 09:49:25 PST
This is important information that you posted, Jim.

Not only have restrictions beome greater, but they have become such that 
trade between the U. S. and even Canada is seriously constrained.  A few 
things might be worth importing but rarely for the backyard grower.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "J.E. Shields" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 7:48 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Problems by sending plants to an other country

> When I receive a shipment coming into the USA by air freight, I use a 
> customs broker to handle clearing the shipment and to forward it on to me. 
> I pay for all these extra services, which are avoided if one uses the 
> postal service.  In all cases, a phytosanitary certificate must accompany 
> the shipment.  It gets to be expensive.  I rarely import anything anymore.
> In general, the US Postal Service handles parcels sent by mail, including 
> Priority Mail, through US Customs.  The cost is included in the postage. 
> The process is much, much slower than using air freight and a customs 
> broker.  In all cases, a phytosanitary certificate must accompany the 
> shipment.
> My customs broker has provided excellent service in the past, and I would 
> be happy to provide their contact details to anyone in the USA who wants 
> to import plant materials by air freight.  This is by far the fastest and 
> safest way to bring valuable plant materials into the USA.  Just remember, 
> air freight is rather inexpensive, but customs clearance with a broker is 
> quite expensive.  Any package imported into the USA by any means other 
> than the postal service will require a customs broker unless you can act 
> as your own broker at the port of entry.
> Jim Shields
> At 10:48 AM 11/13/2010 +0100, you wrote:
>>Here some things to know from Chronopost , USPS and others
>>If you send a parcel and you pay an amount of money
>>the correct phytosanitaire papers are on the parcel
>>you think the parcel arrives save
>>WRONG see email
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