importing bulbs

Robert Nold via pbs
Mon, 02 May 2022 11:11:45 PDT
>Correct me if I'm wrong, but you need an import permit for any plant
material. The discussion on the PBS List has been about the Small Lots of
Seed permit. The permit you require for bulbs and plants is a different
permit so it's best to go to the APHIS (USDA) website and check on importing
bulbs and plants.

Unless the bulbs are being imported for resale, an import permit is not
required, so long as a phytosanitary certificate provided by the exporter is
included in the shipment. 

" Plants for planting which do not require an import permit:

Precleared bulbs of APHIS-approved taxa when from an approved preclearance
[Note: the above is for importers who buy bulbs from The Netherlands, etc.]
Shipments of 12 or fewer plants, only when there is no applicable specific
restriction (see Plants with Additional Requirements, Prohibited Plants, and
the APHIS Plants for Planting Manual.)
Most plants from Canada
Sterile cultures of orchid plants"

The APHIS website is kind of vague when it comes to the actual number of
bulbs (or "articles") allowed. 

"Under the plants for planting quarantine (7 CFR 319 Subpart-Plants for
Planting), the following restricted articles (other than articles for food,
analytical, medicinal, or manufacturing purposes) in any of the following
categories may be imported or offered for importation into the United States
only after issuance of a written permit by Plant Protection and Quarantine:

Lots of 13 or more articles (other than seeds, bulbs, or sterile cultures of
orchid plants) from any country or locality except Canada"

Note also that bulbs like species and cultivars of galanthus also require a
CITES Appendix II export permit (provided by the exporter), in addition to
the phyto. 

Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado

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