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    i believe they can fine you....
    i dont remember what the plant material was, but someone got like...a 10k fine or something for importing plants without permits....

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    Even seeds? My, then it might not be worth it...unless the trade is REALLY good.

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    If the US Postal Inspectors inspect mail you are sending or receiving that does not have the proper customs declarations and import/export permits you can be fined up to $10,000 for smuggling.

    Singapore I have no ideas what the penalties are, but remember they caned some kid for spitting on a sidewalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDCPs View Post
    But Cidny, you said that I need a phytocanitarty cert? Can I call and get one? Oh my..
    The phytosanitary cert should be from your side i.e. from the agri department in the States.

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    Singapore I have no ideas what the penalties are, but remember they caned some kid for spitting on a sidewalk.
    We did?!? All I remembered was that a certain Michael Fay was caned for vandalism. He wasn't a kid since caning is only for age 18 and above. Anyway, the more interesting thing is that chewing gum is banned in Singapore. Actually, gum itself is not banned, chewing of gum is also not banned but the sale of chewing gum is banned. Overseas friends who are not sure of the law but had gum in their pockets would always worry if they are able to clear the customs and enter Singapore!
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    Ok. I see why most people trade US only (if they are from the US).

    I guess I'll have to tell my correspondents that I can't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    i believe they can fine you....
    i dont remember what the plant material was, but someone got like...a 10k fine or something for importing plants without permits....
    The person here on the boards that got hit was for $2500 iirc. He wanted to fight it but the lawyer said he'd chew up that much in legal fees & probably still lose in court. Pay up & move on...

    I enjoy trading but there's no plant that would make me take that risk. The small seed importation permit is free as is the basic plant importation permit. The last time I used the seed permit (several weeks ago), Aphis inspectors turned the seed around in 1 day. Now if the postal service could ship a small package from Brazil to USA in less than 3 weeks, maybe I could get viable seed...
    Quote Originally Posted by SDCPs View Post
    Could someone tell me...do I REALLY need to get the permit? I'm not importing any noxious weeds or horrible things.
    Ahhh, you say that you're not but how do the authorities confirm that unless it gets inspected? ... & for that you need a small seeds permit. Actually I feel almost everyone should go through the minor bureaucratic nonsense so they have a small seeds permit when the opportunity arises to get some cool seeds. It's also a good experience in negotiating government legalese (on a really small scale)... Once you start playing with CP's, you'll quickly see that most of the seed for 'cool' stuff comes from across one of the 'ponds'....
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    Here is what you need to do to send seeds or plants to another country:

    dont even try.

    seriously..as "just a hobbyist" its just not worth it.
    I often drive to Canada..I wont even try to bring a houseplant across the border!
    the regulations are insane..

    seriously..dont bother..
    they can find their own seeds in Singapore,,

    Scot

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    Thank you all.

    Your advice has been taken.

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