Andrew is correct. Seeds are governed by the CITES convention and require the proper permits.
It's not illegal, look:
All parts and derivatives, except:
a) seeds (including seedpods of Orchidaceae), spores and pollen (including pollinia). The exemption does not apply to seeds from Cactaceae spp. exported from Mexico, and to seeds from Beccariophoenix madagascariensis and Neodypsis decaryi exported from Madagascar;
b) seedling or tissue cultures obtained in vitro, in solid or liquid media, transported in sterile containers;
c) cut flowers of artificially propagated plants;
d) fruits, and parts and derivatives thereof, of naturalized or artificially propagated plants of the genus Vanilla (Orchidaceae) and of the family Cactaceae;
e) stems, flowers, and parts and derivatives thereof, of naturalized or artificially propagated plants of the genera Opuntia subgenus Opuntia and Selenicereus (Cactaceae); and
f) finished products of Euphorbia antisyphilitica packaged and ready for retail trade.
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While I thought that cites restricted it too, it's specifically the shipping seeds issue. You'd need a small lots of seed permit (free, but a pain) or a phytosanitary certificate (expensive and a pain). Actually, if I had proof that the seeds were cultivated I'd just have them sent in a letter and ignore the inter-country restrictions. But why does it mean by "artificially propagated"? Just cultivated? What's the worry about cites, then, if they're all cultivated?
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Told ya so
Told who what? Me it's legal? Nope, I never said anything about CITES that is completely different and covers endangered plants only.
http://www.cites.orgAs silenceisgod mentions, you either need a phytosanitary certificate or Small Lots of Seed Note the first line there that saysCITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
indicating you need one or the other.Lots of seed may be imported without a phytosanitary certificate under the following conditions:
What about exporting seed? Anything fancy needed?
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I even found out you don't need a phyto cert to export regular plants from the US, you just might for the destination country. Some don't care.
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Nevertheless, CITES is not actually US Law; it is an international convention and treaty. The US implementation of the CITES Convention is the Endangered Species Act, which is actually more stringent than the CITES. The ESA treats seeds and pollen the same as if they were live plants (ESA A.17.3). The exception noted by Taliesin-DS is interpreted by the ESA as only those seeds that are from plants in cultivation (ESA G.17.71(a)). Seeds from CITES Appendix II wild populations are interpreted by the ESA as requiring a CITES permit.
Depending upon the species and the circumstances, between one to three permits are required to import seeds into the USA.
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