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    Importing plants as luggage

    Hey all or at least those of you who have a valid import permit for carnivorosu plants .
    As most of you know I am planning on attending the ICPS conference in Australia in Sept. My plan is to take 2 suitcases one of which will be empty on the way over and full of sarracenia etc from triffd park on the way back, has anyone had any experiene in accompanying a shipment of plants through customs ? or if you know someone who has done this. I believe I have all the paperwork necessary to get this plants stateside.
    any and all info would be appreciated.
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    Here you go
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_exp...d_plants.shtml
    You will most likely need to fill out PPQ form 621 and PPQ form 587.
    There is a spot on the form to mark how the plants are being transported luggage is one of the options.
    All the info is on the page, hope I stopped someones headache.
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    This page is more relevant with links to appropriate literature and FAQs
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_heal...planting.shtml

    Travis is probably the one to talk to although I don't know if he's brought plants in as baggage.
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    A little tip - If you're bringing back seeds as luggage, make sure to put them in your pockets when you get checked through. You can put them back in your carry-on when you get on the plane.

    I've lost too many seeds that go through the detector and get radiation. It kills them completely.

    Good luck, and please pick up utric species not available in the U.S. yet.

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    Customs is simply paying any duty on them, based on value. If there is any..

    USDA will need to inspect them though and that will not happen quickly or at the airport terminal.

    You will need a Phytosanitary Certificate, an Invoice for customs, and a CITES from the supplier
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    Thanx guys.
    I think I already have these forms on file with USDA. so I guess that I need a copy in my possession or need to tell USDA that I am bringing plants back with me.
    Thanx again
    LMO
    Every seed that you plant ,doesn't sprout.
    Every seed that sprouts, doesn't make it to maturity.
    Every cutting that you stick doesn't grow roots.
    Every cutting that roots doesn't grow to a small plant.
    Every small plant doesn't reach maturity.


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    Flytraplady,

    Im afraid it is next to impossible to bring in live plants to the US for the average person who just wants a plant in the country.

    I love grapes, and my dream has always been to own and Italian grape, and got a gorgeous little Merlot on my recent trip to Italia. I got it through every single thing EXCEPT the USDA, who said there is no exception to bringing in live plants. Now, i had all the permits and stuff DM mentioned, but it was to no avail. They confiscated it.

    Your best bet is seeds, which you can slip---i mean forget about checking as luggage in your pockets.

    Good luck!
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    The Australian company must obtain from Australian authorities the Phytosanitary certificate and CITES export permit as well as supply an invoice with the total value. In order for them to get the documents from the Australian authorities they will need to know what plants and how many of each you are purchasing as well as have copies of your Import permits from USDA. It is best to contact the Australian supplier well in advance as it can take multiple days for them to get the paperwork together there. You must have the Phyto, CITES Export permit and Invoice with your plants when you arrive back in the US. You will also need to deliver the plants with the paperwork to USDA for inspection once they clear customs. After they clear Ag Inspection with USDA they are all yours ;>
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