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Has anyone sent seeds to the states in the last month?
Did you just use the regular custom stickers or do you need something more. I sent one late November and it is totally missing to date(never had problem before) so I do not know if it is confiscated , lost , or "borrowed and forgot to be returned"

1/2/2017 4:18:49 PM

26 West

50 Acres

Yes, I have. The postmistress put asticker on. She wrote in pumpkin seeds. It cost $2.90 to $5.90. Jim.

1/2/2017 5:49:32 PM



You actually need a pyto sanitary certificate to send seeds into the US this has been the rule for many years now. Some years many get confiscated and some years very few. If your seeds end up going through Chicago, the odds are good they will be destroyed.
But if its only a month spudder, I'd give it a while yet, Generally if they get destroyed the recipient will get the empty bubble and a letter saying they were confiscated

1/2/2017 7:36:30 PM

26 West

50 Acres

Wow, Ive been lucky.

1/2/2017 7:56:32 PM


I've been lucky also. These are 2 977 Bosworths and are hard to get.

1/2/2017 9:04:57 PM

Andy H

Brooklyn Corner, Nova Scotia

Wow, that's surprising. I have sent hundreds of seeds to the U.S. and the most I have been asked for was the contents and value. Since 2006 not one was held up.

1/2/2017 9:37:15 PM



Its not the Canadian government, so you can send anything, Its the US government that stops them, Generally more so from Europe than from Canada.
Here is the stupid part of all this, I can legally transport my pumpkin to a weigh off in the US, full of seeds etc, BUT take the seeds out, dry them and send them and they can be destroyed So go figure.
I have on several occasions, never even been asked for a pyto, BUT there are times that they have asked and in fact, the last time the GPC conference was in Vegas, I had to leave my seeds on the Canadian side as I was not allowed to bring them in.
If you have safely moved your seeds with no hick up good on you

1/2/2017 10:14:53 PM



So here is the brief legal statement
§ 319.56-10 Importation of fruits and vegetables from Canada.
(a) General permit for fruits and vegetables grown in Canada. Fruits and vegetables grown in Canada and offered for entry into the United States will be subject to the inspection, treatment, and other requirements of § 319.56-3(d), but may otherwise be imported into the United States without restriction under this subpart; provided, that:

(1) Consignments of Allium spp. consisting of the whole plant or above ground parts must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Canada with an additional declaration stating that the articles are free from Acrolepipsis assectella (Zeller).

(2) Potatoes from Newfoundland and that portion of the Municipality of Central Saanich in the Province of British Columbia east of the West Saanich Road are prohibited importation into the United States in accordance with § 319.37-2 of this part.

(b) [Reserved]

(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0579-0316)

1/2/2017 10:25:43 PM



Seeds are included in part (1)

1/2/2017 10:27:29 PM



in 2015 the US government added this added requirement Acrolepipsis assectella (Zeller)testing.

This is the same stuff I'm working with the Australian government, except they keep adding test and don't let us know until its there and refused

1/2/2017 10:30:58 PM



Small Lots of Seed
Last Modified: Feb 24, 2016
Lots of seed may be imported without a phytosanitary certificate under the following conditions:
(1) The importation of the seed is authorized by a written permit specifically for small lots of seed. Permits are usually valid for 3 years and cover multiple importations.
(2) The seed is not of any prohibited genus listed under 7 CFR 319.37-2; is not of any Federal noxious weed species; does not require an additional declaration on a phytosanitary certificate; does not require treatment; is not a parasitic plant; is not genetically modified; is not pelleted, coated, or imbedded in growing media, seed tape, cloth, or similar materials.
(3) If the seed is a field/agricultural crop or vegetable, it meets the requirements of the Federal Seed Act import provisions in 7 CFR 361.
(4) If the seed is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) or the Endangered Species Act, it meets the additional requirements.

1/3/2017 6:48:41 AM



(5) The seed meets the following packaging and shipping requirements:
(i) A typed or legibly printed seed list/invoice accompanies each shipment with the name of the collector/shipper, the botanical names (at least to genus, preferably to species level) listed alphabetically, as well as the country of origin, and country shipped from, for each taxon. Each seed packet is clearly labeled with the name of the collector/shipper, the country of origin, and the scientific name at least to the genus, and preferably to the species, level. The invoice/seed list may provide a code for each lot, which may be used on the seed packets in lieu of the full list of required information. In this case, each packet must at least include the appropriate code, which is referenced to the entry for that packet on the seed list/invoice.
(ii) There are a maximum of 50 seeds of 1 taxon (taxonomic category such as genus, species, cultivar, etc.) per packet; or a maximum weight not to exceed 10 grams of seed of 1 taxon per packet;
(iii) There are a maximum of 50 seed packets per shipment;
(iv) The seeds are free from pesticides;
(v) The seeds are securely packaged in packets or envelopes and sealed to prevent spillage [Note: we recommend that seeds are packed in resealable, clear plastic envelopes to facilitate inspection];
(vi) The shipment is free from soil, plant material other than seed, other foreign matter or debris, seeds in the fruit or seed pod, and living organisms such as parasitic plants, pathogens, insects, snails, mites; and
(vii) At the time of importation, the shipment is sent to an approved port of entry listed in the permit.

1/3/2017 6:49:00 AM



the APHIS website with info is

or there is a simple explanation on a UK website at

I've been using it for years, works every time

1/3/2017 6:50:48 AM



Is it the same sending seed from USA to Canada?

They need to be inspected? Thanks

3/3/2017 11:05:57 AM


They seem to come to Canada pretty easy ( as long as they are not on no go list but most veg. seeds or flowers are ok.) Put what they are on sticker but have received small bubbles with no stickers just fine. Here is a link for a discussion that might help you for how to get a good rate(seems to vary)


3/3/2017 12:15:27 PM

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