Re: legal plant importation
Thanks Beth! One of the two places
I'd love to visit most (again) is Ecuador so this helps. The second
would be French Guiana due to the friendship many of us on this forum
have with Joep Moonen. In that case Joep has already offered to help.
Now we just have to wait to see what the "banker" will allow!|
Elizabeth Campbell wrote:
I can't speak for the other countries down here, but the first step for
being to get live plant material out of Ecuador legally (non-CITES
species, of course) is to apply for what is called a "Permiso de
Exportar Plantas Vivas" at the Ministry of Agricuture in Quito. The
paperwork costs about $5 per plant/sample/batch of seeds, and is valid
for about a month. The kicker, though, is that you have to have the
plant material with you when you apply, which can make things a touch
sticky. After that, you talk to Aduanes at the airport (preferrably a
couple of days before you are to fly) and show them all your paperwork
- they'll note you down on a list and they won't quibble or detain you
when you try to board your flight with the plants (even if you have all
your paperwork with you, if you skip this step they'll try and make you
miss your flight.)
Entry requirements vary according to your home country. In Canada, you
just have to declare that you're bringing in a non-CITES species with
paperwork from its country of origin, and if Customs asks you, you have
to be able to show the Permiso de Exportar.
For the US, I believe that you need some paperwork from the States in
addition to the Permiso - somebody correct me on this if I'm wrong.
I've never tried to bring plants into the States, so I'm a touch hazy
For Australia and the UK, no amount of paperwork is going to get your
plants in without a (fairly expensive, I hear tell) permission from the
government that you secured before you even left for South America.
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