A Plant Importer's story

clayton3120 clayton3120 clayton3120@cablespeed.com
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:24:36 PST
William,
Congrats on reading through the lines, and understanding a bit of the
situation.  For those who wish to beat the system, it is easy to do.
Sadly, inspectors are no match for an educated plants person.  If you
REALLY wanted to pass something through, you could.  If an importer is
 concerned about  the possibility  of passing along pests and diseases, you
go through the proper channels of inspection, and. hopefully the inspectors
 will truly examine  what they need to.  Is the Chrysanthemum I'm importing
 being checked for white rust or has it been passed by for a slight aphis
infestation? etc. etc etc.  Are leaves  and roots of so and so being looked
at under microscope for  harmful bacteria or was it given the once over,
naked eye, and placed back in the box  with a seal of approval.
Importers need to have a conscience about the possibilities they could be
introducing by importing plants.   That why I suggest , perhaps a
certification for importation.
 I've spoken to plant inspectors  at the Port inspection  station, and I
was rather frightened at the ineptness of their plant knowledge, or even
perhaps at what they were looking for.  I"m not surprised at all that the
situation  isn't worse  than it is.
R.K.

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