Importing seeds and bulbs

William Aley
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 20:52:22 PST
Not to sound clip, but not all packages are opened by the Department  
of Homeland Security. Thousands of packages move though international  
mail on a daily basis, Homeland Security (Customs) would need a much  
bigger staff to open every package. It's just a numbers game- How many  
packages can one person inspect in an 8 hour day? There would be a bit  
of a back log.
The reason for the label is that the packaged is delivered directly to  
the inspection station. The postage service knows to deliver the  
package because that's the address on the label.

The logic is that if it's addressed to someplace besides the  
inspection station that is probably where the delivery will occur If  
no one inspects there are the issues of pest introductions. Worse is  
that there is a random sampling of inspections and do you want to risk  
being consider a smuggler because your exporter did not put the  
correct delivery address on the box. There is a perception within the  
regulatory community that individuals are purposely not putting the  
Inspection station address on the outside in the hope that the package  
will be overlooked and no inspection is performed. The consequences of  
this has been an increase in civil penalties issued.

On Feb 26, 2009, at 10:21 PM, J. R. Johnstone wrote:

> Why use the green and yellow label at all?  Couldn't I have the
> sender address the outside of the package to myself, and include the
> permit inside as usual.
> When customs opens the package and comes upon the permit would they
> not have to divert it to the APHIS for inspection?  APHIS could
> return it to postal system for ultimate delivery to my residence.
> Normally I am a lurker on this list, enjoying the conversations and
> becoming educated by its members.  I just had to chime-in for this
> subject concerns me.
> Warmest regards,
> J. R. Johnstone
> Madison, West Virginia, U.S.A.
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