Lee Poulsen
Mon, 25 Sep 2006 16:47:55 PDT
On Sep 25, 2006, at 3:18 PM, James Waddick wrote:
> Dear All;
> 	I have found import getting more and more difficult. Last
> year I had a box go through USDA,Customs, Border Patrol and Homeland
> Security. Every stop took phone calls and ended in confusion.  It
> took over a month for the box to arrive after 2 days in transit from
> China.

It's sad that the import part of the equation has gotten so much slower 
than the transport part of the equation. I very recently had a friend 
send me a few seeds of one species from Australia. The seeds were small 
enough and few enough in number that I just didn't want to go through 
the whole official process. So yes, I confess, I illegally smuggled 
them in an envelope via the regular postal service. He posted them in 
Sydney on a Wednesday evening, California time, and they arrived 
Saturday morning at my house! I don't believe I could have gotten them 
any faster via ordinary mail from the East Coast of this country! And 
so far, no kudzu-like vine has engulfed my house yet.   ;-)

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a

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