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.