Info on relaxation of USDA import rules for seed

Mary Sue Ittner
Sat, 01 May 2004 22:36:34 PDT
Dear All,

After reading through all of this it sounds like a different permit would 
be required for each shipment of seed. So if say one of the members of this 
list in another country wanted to send seed to one of us in the United 
States we would have to ask for a permit for that seed by name and include 
where it was coming from. If the permit were granted it would be sent to 
the person along with labels for where to send the seed and then the seed 
would be sent there to be inspected and if o.k. it would then be sent on to 
the recipient. Is that the way everyone else interprets this? There would 
be extra cost for postage to ask for the permit, to send the permit on to 
the exporter if granted and then to pay for the seed to go for inspection 
and then back to you. It sounds like for a seed exchange the person 
receiving the seed would have to know ahead of time what it would be in 
order to request the permit for each donor and a bit of a nightmare to do 
all the paper work. Is this what Leo means by thinking the new system might 
be worse than the old one?

Mary Sue

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