Heads up for US based importers of seed.

Richard xerics@cox.net
Sun, 27 Jan 2008 10:27:16 PST
Just to give another view on this. In Southern California it doesn't
work so well. Anything that goes through the APHIS station at LAX will
certainly be held up. They told me that I needed to pay for forwarding
to my house. They accept a FED EX account but stamps that I had sent
prior to that just disappeared. I don't trust the process anymore since
it depends too much on individual discretion. I don't even attempt it

Richard in Vista CA

Actually, it's even better than that. 

The limit is 50 seeds per packet or 10 g. per packet. That way, you
don't have to count your poppy seeds or fern spores. 

Also, there is a limit on the number of packets which can be imported in
shipment: 50. 

All 50 packets can be the same taxon, but they have to be packeted as
either 50 seeds per packet or 10 g. per packet. 

There are 16 conditions which determine what you can and can not do
under this permit, and seed prohibited under other restrictions are also
prohibited under this permit. So be sure to read the fine print before
you order. 

Alpine-L has had many postings on this topic, and some of the details of
the process are still being worked out. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7 where Galanthus elwesii is
blooming in the open garden and some tazettas are about to bloom in the
cold frame. 
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