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Re: legal plant importation

Hi Steve,
While I have not been there in person to facilitate the export permits I can say that getting export permits to do things on the up-and-up from Peru took nearly 9 months for the nursery owner at the Peruvian end 2 years ago when I imported from there.  It could be that for so-called "scientific" reasons the exports might be easier, but for the person I worked with who routinely exported CITES protected plants (cacti) it was a nightmare getting Amaryllids (not CITES protected) exported into the U.S.  Perhaps if you are working with someone at a University in the country of origin they may be able to make it easier.  I assume that others that collect in this manner may be able to help you there!!
Getting the import permit at your end will take 10 min to fill out if you take a coffee break half-way through the labor intensive process!!!  Go the following site:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/permits/index.shtml
Click on "permits" then click on "apply for a PPQ permit" and then fill out  PPQ587.
Do not get bogged down in every species from every country you may or may not import.  You are applying for a permit to import any legal plant from any country so you do not need to list every plant and every country.  By the way, this info came directly from the people at the USDA when I talked to them on the phone so it is accurate.  I've been importing from around the world for many years and the only time there have been problems is when the exporter does something incorrectly, which unfortunately does happen on occassion.
Easy as pie at your end so best of luck,
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2009 11:57 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] legal plant importation

I know a few on this list have gone to South America and brought back specimens, at least rhizomes, stem cuttings, seeds, etc.  I don't know if we'll be able to do this anytime soon but I would like to make plans just in case.  It has been years since I was fortunate enough to spend time in Central and South American rain forests but my knowledge base is now improved enough I could really learn a great deal more if I were able to get into the field once again if for no other reason than to take a lot more photos. 

Can those of you who know how to do this legally tell us all how to go about getting the permits from both the export country as well as the U.S.?   Of course I am not talking about collection of any CITES prohibited material.


Steve Lucas

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