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 ----- From: William.D.Wesela@aphis.usda.gov To: email@example.com 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. Bill 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 William.D.Wesela@aphis.usda.gov ----- Forwarded by Carolyn F Fitzgerald/MD/APHIS/USDA on 09/26/2006 02:06 PM ----- "Adam Fikso" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 09/26/2006 01:53 PM To: <email@example.com>, <Carolyn.F.Fitzgerald@aphis.usda.gov> cc: 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 true. 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 clarification. 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.