APHIS import renewal

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:13:41 PST
Jim W's method is exactly how I've done it since the small lots seed permit program first began and the new permit and labels have always arrived within a couple of weeks of sending the fax. 

I look into the online method each time I had to renew and they have never gotten rid of the requirement in setting up the account of having to physically go to one of the offices on their list. Since I live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, apparently no one here does anything that is relevant to the US Department of Agriculture, so their only offices I can go to are all on the periphery of the metropolis. That means that the closest one to my location is 30 miles away. And they are only open on non-holiday weekdays until 4:30 pm. So I continue to use the fax method. It works.

I also successfully use the same method to apply for my plant import permit. They last 5 years (as opposed to the 3 years for the seed permit). They're free also. And if you can ever get the elusive phytosanitary certificate from the country of departure of the item, importing most plants and bulbs becomes a piece of cake with this permit. You can even do it when returning from a trip abroad. That phyto is the key limiting obstacle to importing almost anything plant-related other than seeds. (Except for black-listed species.) 

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

On Nov 7, 2013, at 8:54 AM, James Waddick <jwaddick@kc.rr.com> wrote:

> Dear Dennis, Richard and all, 
> 	I can share my success in ‘renewing’ my small lot of seed import permit earlier this year.

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