Current USDA procedures re importation

Adam Fikso
Wed, 27 Sep 2006 11:14:23 PDT
Hello Bill Wesela. Thanks for your rapid response to my eMail.  The issue is whether postage should be charged at the quarantine inspection station to send envelopes of seeds and bulbs (arriving from foreign countries) from the receiving station to the import permit holder.  Some of us in the Pacific Bulb Society have been charged, others have not.

  I have never been charged., in more than 60 years of being a permit holder, (off and on)  The back of the green-and-yellow sticker permit states: " DO NOT place any delivery address on outside of package.  The permit number or reference on label willl ensure proper delivery"  (highlighting and emphasis  is mine.)

Historically this has always been understood to mean that no further postage is required, any more than it would for any other mail from any foreign country being transhipped within the United States from wherever it first arrives for customs inspection. to the permit holder

This needs some clarification and attention within our system.  No change in postal rules seems to have been inaugurated, nor any related change in within the USDA or Homeland Security so that shipments of live plants and seeds are not delayed?  Cordially, Adam Fikso.

cc: PBS 

----- Original Message ----- 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 11:57 AM
  Subject: Fw: Current USDA procedures re importation

  Mr. Fikso, 

       This is in reference to your email. If you could please explain to me the situation that occurred I will be better informed to answer your question and resolve the problem. 
       There have not been any regulation changes concerning green and yellow shipping labels, but local policies have changed in some ports due to the creation of The Department of Homeland Security. Some Agriculture Officers now work as Customs Officers and some remained with USDA. 
       Please contact me so we can resolve this problem. Thank you for your time. 


  William Wesela
  Team Leader
  USDA/APHIS/PPQ/Permit Services
  4700 River Road, Unit 133
  Riverdale, MD 20737
  Phone# 301-734-0755
  Fax#  301-734-4300

  ----- Forwarded by Carolyn F Fitzgerald/MD/APHIS/USDA on 09/26/2006 02:06 PM ----- 
       "Adam Fikso" <> 
        09/26/2006 01:53 PM 

                To:        <>, <> 
                Subject:        Current USDA procedures re importation 

  I don't know what the current snafus are.  I can say that historically the 
  green and yellow sticker with one's permit number was sufficient to get any 
  shipments  through customs, inspection and  sent to one's address because 
  your sticker number is keyed to you and your address.  I would think that 
  emailing or calling the permit issuing office would clarify this matter. 
  BUT, there are probably all too many clerks who are impressed with their own 
  importance guarding our borders and confused by the proliferation of 
  unnecessary regulations who, when they are confronted with something they 
  don't understand think they have to ask for additional postage.  It may be 
  Historically,the green-and-yellow sticker was sufficient to get the package 
  through to one's address WITHOUT additional postage. The sticker still notes 
  that it ensures "proper delivery".  (I've had a permit off and on  for more 
  than 60 years.) nor were we newly advised that such postage would be 
  required when we got our permits together with the instructions.  Since 
  those pages were pretty thorough, I suspect that the inspections offices 
  haven't been informed .  I am writing Carolyn F. Fitzgerald at the USDA for 

  Dear Carolyn. F. Fitzgerald.  The above MAY be self-explanatory. If it is 
  not-- the question is whether or not any additional postage is required to 
  get a package or envelope sent from the inspection station to the permit 
  holder's address.

  Please clarify to us and let the inspection stations know?  Sincerely, Adam 
  Fikso, Ph.D. 

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