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Got this note from the Cyclamen Society mailing list regarding the new rules for importing seed into the US.
Does anyone know where to find more information? Has this been discussed here before?
This note is directed to the members of the Cyclamen Society who applied for seed from its seed exchange and live in the United States. Perhaps your not aware of the new ruling instituted by the USDA that all incoming seed must be inspected and be accompanied by a photosanitary certificate. In addition the seed had to be inspected and passed by the British customs. This all takes time and paperwork. Last year the seed sent out by the Alpine Garden Society (British) was held up for an entire month by the USDA people before they forwarded it to the people who volunteered to redistribute the individual envelopes. I hope this explains the time delay. A letter to your congress person as suggested by the president of the North American Rock Garden Society expressing your dissatisfaction with this situation might help. The seed will be redistributed when I receive it from the USDA.
Apparently the last CITES meeting pushed the countries members for a tighthening and enforcing of the regulations.
As ever, it is always to do with big business and international agro companies that do not want the existence of seeds trading and sharing between international friends/ individuals; that way they do corner the market.
Customs official feel that X'mas has arrived, because this is a booster for their jobs and burocracy will continue!
Anybody wanting to trade internationally must exercise care and as I mentioned before , anyone trading to this part of the world,the package must be packed so that the seeds should not shake, rattle or roll and if necessary, change the package from an evelope to a small box [ only if the seeds are large]... and of course to not mention,or avoid the words seeds, flower seeds and anything alike.
I declared on a package that I sent to the UK which had rather large seeds ( 100 gingko seeds among others), garden ornaments and to a dear DGs friend I did send a garden magazine with the little packages distributed evenly between pages.
I have received bulbs in trade from germany a year ago. They were sent regular mail, with the label "scientific specimen" on the box. We didn't have to go through the AG department. Sort of a back way around.