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    Legal importation of seeds into the USA

    Small batches of seeds do not need a phytosanitary certificate,

    In Fact, small lots of seed may be imported without a phytosanitary certificate under the following conditions:

    (1) The importation of the seed is authorized by a written permit specifically for small lots of seed. Permits are usually valid for 3 years and cover multiple importations.

    (2) The seed is not of any prohibited genus listed under 7 CFR 319.37-2; is not of any Federal noxious weed species; does not require an additional declaration on a phytosanitary certificate; does not require treatment; is not a parasitic plant; is not genetically modified; is not pelleted, coated, or imbedded in growing media, seed tape, cloth, or similar materials.

    (3) If the seed is a field/agricultural crop or vegetable, it meets the requirements of the Federal Seed Act import provisions in 7 CFR 361.

    (4) If the seed is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) or the Endangered Species Act, it meets the additional requirements.

    (5) The seed meets the following packaging and shipping requirements:

    (i) A typed or legibly printed seed list/invoice accompanies each shipment with the name of the collector/shipper, the botanical names (at least to genus, preferably to species level) listed alphabetically, as well as the country of origin, and country shipped from, for each taxon. Each seed packet is clearly labeled with the name of the collector/shipper, the country of origin, and the scientific name at least to the genus, and preferably to the species, level. The invoice/seed list may provide a code for each lot, which may be used on the seed packets in lieu of the full list of required information. In this case, each packet must at least include the appropriate code, which is referenced to the entry for that packet on the seed list/invoice.
    (ii) There are a maximum of 50 seeds of 1 taxon (taxonomic category such as genus, species, cultivar, etc.) per packet; or a maximum weight not to exceed 10 grams of seed of 1 taxon per packet;
    (iii) There are a maximum of 50 seed packets per shipment;
    (iv) The seeds are free from pesticides;
    (v) The seeds are securely packaged in packets or envelopes and sealed to prevent spillage [Note: we recommend that seeds are packed in resealable, clear plastic envelopes to facilitate inspection];
    (vi) The shipment is free from soil, plant material other than seed, other foreign matter or debris, seeds in the fruit or seed pod, and living organisms such as parasitic plants, pathogens, insects, snails, mites; and
    (vii) At the time of importation, the shipment is sent to an approved port of entry listed in the permit.

    How to Apply for a Small Lots of Seed Permit: For fastest turn around time, apply on-line at https://epermits.aphis.usda.gov/epermits. Alternately, use PPQ Form 587, Application for Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products. On the first line of section 3 of the application, enter “SMALL LOTS OF SEED PROGRAM”. Starting on the second line, list the seed species and countries from which you want to ship each species. If the list of species is long, you may enter “eligible taxa”. By using this option, you are accepting responsibility for determining the eligibility of the seeds. The Permit Unit cannot tell you if the species are eligible for importation if you do not list them. A permit is issued for taxa that are admissible with no restrictions beyond the port of entry inspection. If port of entry inspectors find prohibited or restricted seeds in your shipment, they will seize and destroy the ineligible kinds.

    To determine the entry status of seed taxa, see (2) above and refer to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Nursery Stock Manual’s reference section. (Follow this link: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_exp...ts/index.shtml. Click on “Nursery Stock Restrictions”, and then find the List of Regulated Propagative Material starting on page 1-9 of the manual. Plants that are not listed in this section are generally admissible and eligible for the small lots of seed program. Plants that are listed in this section are ineligible for the small lots of seed program, with the following exceptions:

    A taxon is eligible for the small lots of seed program if the relevant manual entries exclude seeds (check entries at both the genus and species levels and note family-level listings for Cactaceae, Cycadaceae and Rutaceae).
    Species noted only as FSA-A or FSA-V in the “other requirements” column are eligible, but must meet the import provisions of the Federal Seed Act; i.e., the labeling must include variety names for vegetable seeds and lot numbers for both agricultural and vegetable seeds.
    Species noted only as CITES or ESA in the “other requirements” column are eligible if accompanied by any required CITES or ESA permits. Generally, seeds of both Threatened and Endangered plants are regulated under the Endangered Species Act; however, the seeds of Threatened plants are not regulated if they come from cultivated plants. See:
    http://www.cites.org/eng/app/index.shtml
    http://endangered.fws.gov/esa.html

    U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
    Last Modified: July 14, 2008

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    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 02-23-2009 at 05:15 PM. Reason: Link formatted incorrectly

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    If I am following the correct procedures, you must obtain a level 2 authorization before you can electronically fill out USDA APHIS forms or access your account.

    USDA eAuthentication is the system used by USDA agencies to enable customers to obtain accounts that will allow them to access USDA Web applications and services via the Internet. This includes things such as submitting forms electronically, completing surveys online, and checking the status of your USDA accounts.

    Please note that USDA will only accept eAuthentication Accounts from individuals.

    Currently USDA eAuthentication does not have the mechanism to issue accounts to businesses, corporations or other entities.

    To apply for a USDA eAuthentication Account, please visit the
    Create An Account Page.

    After completing that process I received an email with the following requirements:

    Level 2 Access
    Step 4 of 4: Link to Account Activation page

    Congratulations "applicant name", you have successfully created a USDA eAuthentication account.

    Before you can use your account with Level 2 access you must do the following:

    Please wait approximately 20 minutes from the receipt of this email before you can activate your account with Level 2 access.
    Activate your account within 7 days of the receipt of this email.
    Click ACTIVATE MY ACCOUNT

    NOTE: Once you click the activation link, you will have an account with limited access that allows you to review your account information online.

    Go to the USDA eAuthentication web site at http://www.eauth.egov.usda.gov and click on "Update Your Account" link and login to review the same account information you provided to ensure it is correct (e.g. first name, last name, etc. are the same as your govt. issued photo ID). You can also review or update your account information by clicking UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT.
    Take your government issued photo ID (e.g. state issued drivers license) and present it in person to a Local Registration Authority (LRA) who can activate your account with Level 2 access. Most LRAs are located at a USDA Service Center office, to find the nearest USDA Service Center office go to http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov. We recommend that you call ahead to ensure that an employee trained as a Local Registration Authority (LRA) will be available to provide the service at the time you plan to visit the Service Center.
    NOTE: Until a USDA Service Center Local Registration Authority (LRA) activates your account with Level 2 access, you will NOT be able to conduct official electronic business transactions with the USDA via the Internet.


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    Very good information Av. I had a similar post awhile ago discussing the legality of importing seeds into the US.

    http://terraforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113762

    I started the registration process a few months ago, but did not know I'd actually have to make an appointment at the local department. Unfortunately I only had seven days to complete the procedure. It expired before I had time to go down there. Perhaps one day I'll start the procedure again.

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    I just read your thread... did you go through the same webpage and same procedures?

    I believe there are actually two paths you can take, each using a different set of forms but accomplishing the same goal.

    When does the 7 day time period begin... after the initial level one application?... heck you didnt know you had to make an appointment and I didnt know you had a 7 day time limit


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    Yes. I did the first few steps that involved registering on the website. The next step was to contact my local department and make an appointment to ensure the people qualified would be there. I was to take my driver's license so they could authenticate me. It had to be done in person and my account on the website could not be activated without it. It was and still is a bit of a hassle for me to get down there.

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    If I remember correctly, the seven day period started right after beginning the registration process on the website. I believe I was sent an email with a link to do some kind of activation thing. It was then I discovered I had seven days to fully activate my account.

    EDIT: It would have been nice if I knew about that before beginning the process. I could have waited until I had time to make the appointment and such.

    EDIT Again: I found a copy of the email that I received from the USDA:

    Level 2 Access
    Step 4 of 4: Link to Account Activation page

    Congratulations Crissytal, you have successfully created a USDA eAuthentication account.

    Before you can use your account with Level 2 access you must do the following:

    1. Please wait approximately 20 minutes from the receipt of this email before you can activate your account with Level 2 access.
    2. Activate your account within 7 days of the receipt of this email.
    3. Click ACTIVATE MY ACCOUNT

    NOTE: Once you click the activation link, you will have an account with limited access that allows you to review your account information online.
    # Go to the USDA eAuthentication web site at http://www.eauth.egov.usda.gov and click on "Update Your Account" link and login to review the same account information you provided to ensure it is correct (e.g. first name, last name, etc. are the same as your govt. issued photo ID). You can also review or update your account information by clicking UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT.
    # Take your government issued photo ID (e.g. state issued drivers license) and present it in person to a Local Registration Authority (LRA) who can activate your account with Level 2 access. Most LRAs are located at a USDA Service Center office, to find the nearest USDA Service Center office go to http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov. We recommend that you call ahead to ensure that an employee trained as a Local Registration Authority (LRA) will be available to provide the service at the time you plan to visit the Service Center.

    NOTE: Until a USDA Service Center Local Registration Authority (LRA) activates your account with Level 2 access, you will NOT be able to conduct official electronic business transactions with the USDA via the Internet.

    The User ID you created is:
    The email address you provided is:

    Please print and retain this message for your future reference.

    One hour after your account with Level 2 access has been activated by the USDA Service Center employee, you should have access to conduct official electronic business transactions with the USDA via the Internet.

    The first time you use your account with Level 2 access, you will be asked to update your password to the Level 2 access password requirements.

    If you need further assistance, please email the ITS Servcie Desk at eAuthHelpDesk@ftc.usda.gov or call 800-457-3642.

    Please include the following information in your email:
    # Your first and last name
    # Your eAuthentication User ID
    # Indicate whether you are a public customer, federal employee, state, or district employee
    # If you are a federal employee, provide the name of your employing agency
    # The URL (Web Address) of the Web site or application you were attempting to access
    # The text of any error messages and a detailed description of the problem

    If you have trouble accessing your activation link above, please copy and paste the following link into your browser address bar:
    (edited, link contained account info)
    Last edited by Crissytal; 09-25-2008 at 10:53 AM. Reason: edit
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    hmmmm, Ill try to get to my local office in time then... Ill reread everything as well, if I missed that.. I may had missed something else as well

    I know one thing, I got a New Zealand Phytosanitary certificate a few years ago. Ill never do that again.

    Talk about getting expensive...geeze

    Thanks for the heads up girl

    (PS, that new avatar pic scares lil ol' meeeeee )

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    Now I took that to mean you had seven days to go back to the webpage and activate the level one account...

    Before you can use your account with Level 2 access you must do the following:

    1. Please wait approximately 20 minutes from the receipt of this email before you can activate your account with Level 2 access.
    2. Activate your account within 7 days of the receipt of this email.
    3. Click ACTIVATE MY ACCOUNT


    hmmm it is a little ambiguous, but the more I look at it the more I agree with your interpretation of it.
    well, either way... Ill do it within 7 days just to be safe

    thanks kid!
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