Possible relaxation in U.S. phyto. policy for seeds

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Thu, 13 Mar 2003 20:58:48 PST
At the urging of Tony Palmer (of NZ 
<http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~adpal/…>, the 
editor of the International Bulb Society's _Bulbs_ magazine), I wrote 
again to the person at the USDA/APHIS/PPQ in charge of the currently 
implemented policy of enforcing the regulation requiring that all 
plant-related material including bulbs and seeds in any quantity have 
a phytosanitary certificate issued by the country it came from in 
order to import it into the U.S. This is the new policy that has been 
in force since January of last year. I asked him what the current 
status of the policy is and whether there had been any changes made 
in it due to all the complaints and criticism it had received, and he 
sent me the following response. It appears that they are going to 
relax it with regards to allowing small quantities of seeds to be 
imported without a phyto. certificate.

--Lee Poulsen


>>Dear Mr. Poulsen,
>>The phytosanitary certificate requirement for imported plants and seeds is
>>still required by Federal regulations.  APHIS policy regarding the
>>enforcement of that requirement has not changed.  However, a proposed rule
>>is being drafted within APHIS that addresses the issue of importing small
>>quantities of seeds without a phytosanitary certificate.   I will inform
>>the staff responsible for that proposal of your interest in this issue and
>>ask that they copy you on any Federal Register notices that may be
>>Bud Petit de Mange
>>CITES and Plant Inspection Station Coordinator
>[United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health 
>Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine]
>>4700 River Road, Unit 60
>>Riverdale, MD 20737
>>Tel.: (301) 734-7839
>>Fax:  (301) 734-5269

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