I've had a discussion with a few members on this forum on the topic of receiving seed internationally. No offense guys, I just want a definite answer. There's a lot of ifs, buts, and maybes.
I have done some research both before and after the discussion. It seems most of the information points to needing a small seed lot permit. I know that there are several stipulations depending on the seed. From my understanding a small seed lot permit is for seed in general. I would like to know if it is legal (by this I do not mean can one do it and get away with it, this happens everyday) to import seed into the US if the seed in question is not restricted, prohibited, etc. Say I was lucky enough to win some seed from a place I cannot name. They are D. capensis seed for discussion's sake and are no way endangered or fall into any other category. These seed will be sent from Thailand. Can I legally have those seed sent to my house without any permits, paperwork, or any other hoops?
I wanted to add, I know a few of you on this forum have some experience with the small seed lot permits. If I am mis-understanding it's use, could you please shed some light on its purposes?