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Re: Possible relaxation in U.S. phyto. policy for seeds - Part 0

I've been following this topic sporadically siince Marge (I think it
was) first introduced it to our original list. I've read articles in
several mags about it, too. But these are the first hopeful things I've
read about it. Personally, I've never ordered or received seeds, bulbs,
or any plant material directly from overseas, but I'm sure some of my
sources have, so it is of semi-direct interest to me. Beyond that, I am
concerned for those people who are involved: small businesses,
enthusiasts, and those who are trying to protect plant diversity. On the
one hand we have modern day plant hunters like Dan Hinckley bringing us
new finds, while, on the other, we lose accessability to known plants
that may become lost. Then there's the rain forests....oh my.


-------Original Message-------
From: "James R. Fisher" <garrideb@well.com>
Sent: 03/18/03 07:14 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Possible relaxation in U.S. phyto. policy for seeds - Part 0

> Here's an earlier post on the subject; it came in on
13 March on the Pacific Bulb Society mailing list:
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [pbs] Possible relaxation in U.S. phyto. policy for seeds
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 20:56:53 -0800
From: Lee Poulsen <wpoulsen@pacbell.net>

At the urging of Tony Palmer (of NZ <>, the editor of the
International Bulb Society's _Bulbs_ magazine), I wrote again to the
person at the USDA/APHIS/PPQ in charge of the currently implemented
policy of enforcing the regulation requiring that all plant-related
material including bulbs and seeds in any quantity have a
phytosanitary certificate issued by the country it came from in order
to import it into the U.S. This is the new policy that has been in
force since January of last year. I asked him what the current status
of the policy is and whether there had been any changes made in it
due to all the complaints and criticism it had received, and he sent
me the following response. It appears that they are going to relax it
with regards to allowing small quantities of seeds to be imported
without a phyto. certificate.

--Lee Poulsen


>>Dear Mr. Poulsen,
>>The phytosanitary certificate requirement for imported plants and seeds
>>still required by Federal regulations.  APHIS policy regarding the
>>enforcement of that requirement has not changed.  However, a proposed
>>is being drafted within APHIS that addresses the issue of importing
>>quantities of seeds without a phytosanitary certificate.   I will inform
>>the staff responsible for that proposal of your interest in this issue
>>ask that they copy you on any Federal Register notices that may be
>>Bud Petit de Mange
>>CITES and Plant Inspection Station Coordinator
>[United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health 
>Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine]
>>4700 River Road, Unit 60
>>Riverdale, MD 20737
>>Tel.: (301) 734-7839
>>Fax:  (301) 734-5269
Jim Fisher
Vienna, Virginia USA
38.9 N 77.2 W
USDA Zone 7
Max. 105 F [40 C], Min. 5 F [-15 C]

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