Importing Hippeastrum to Mexico advice

Darren Sage
Sun, 28 Aug 2005 14:07:49 PDT
Many thanks for the advice.


>From: "Boyce Tankersley" <>
>Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
>Subject: Re: [pbs] Importing Hippeastrum to Mexico advice
>Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 15:44:00 -0500
>I have no experience importing/exporting from Mexico, but I did spend some 
>time working for Robert and Catherine Wilson in Costa Rica. At that time it 
>was known as the Las Cruces Tropical Botanic Garden - after the passing of 
>the Wilsons it has been renamed in their honor.
>Great plantspeople, they gathered an impressive collection of tropical 
>plants from around the world at their garden. Their advice, based upon 
>years of experience (I think they were late 70's maybe early 80ish at the 
>time), was to have someone physically walk the plants through Customs; 
>regardless of country. Either they brought the plants back with them in 
>person or they arranged for a friend, visitor or colleage to hand carry the 
>plants through Customs to them.
>It seems questions about paperwork, forms, permits, etc. could be worked 
>out more efficiently in person. Being a 'newbie intern', of course I sent 
>some things from the States to Costa Rica by mail and got to experience the 
>joys of traveling for a full day up and down some steep mountainside roads 
>to the Customs office to discover they were closed. Customs eventually 
>forwarded it to me and it arrived - in very bad shape - about a week before 
>I left the country. Fortunately it did not contain anything of great value 
>but the Wilson's did mention it was not uncommon for this sort of thing to 
>happen with the seeds/cuttings/plants they were trying to import or export.
>That experience has served me well as an employee of several botanic 
>gardens. Stateside we hand carry (deliver them to USDA at the airport) or 
>if that is not possible we arrange for a custom's broker to work on our 
>Good luck,
>Boyce Tankersley
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