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You have been able to mail off permits for years it just takes a lot longer.
Just to clarify since this is a murky area of the law.
valid from 12 June 2013
Nepenthes spp. #4 (Except the species included in Appendix I)
Once you click on the link for the #4 you get
#4 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.
Appendix I species are Nepenthes khasiana and Nepenthes rajah.
It looks like you can Fax the form also! So you can mail it or fax it, but you can not e-mail it. If you want to use the website you have to visit a physical building first!
Just got around to finishing off the 587 and its going in the mail today.
Listed on the back of the 587 forum under #3 for seeds it says "If the list of species and/or countries of origin is long, you may enter 'eligible taxa.'"
So under country of origin I did. Lets see what I get back in a month. According to the statement above you could submit eligible taxa under both species and countries, allowing you to impost anything eligible from anywhere with one simply line. Something to try later when I get around to the vegetable 587.
Be sure that when you fill out the PPQ form that you find where it says "phytosanitary exempt" under ssl. You can get the one without, more applicable to plants, and if you get stuff in they may tell you that it does not cover those, and you cannot get a phyto after the fact. But they might let you reapply...Best to get what you need. Lots of the permits cover many actions, and your best bet (I think) is to find a station with good customer service. Then you can call and ask questions prior to importing - maybe. And check on stuff for arrival if they are cool with that. I recomment the Los Angeles Hawthorne station.
Think we are talking about different forms, there is no "phytosanitary" on this form, I'm just after the small seed lot permit. I'm not intending to import anything that requires a cert. I looked through the CITIES stuff this morning and was surprised at the lack of CPs on the list. Most of the stuff on the list was CITIES II #4 (seeds allowed without certs).
Either way, its out of my hands and into the postal service.
Got the permit earlier this week, so about 2 months from mailing to received.
The gubermint shutdown may have been a factor in the time frame.
Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.
Very well could have been, I've planned way ahead so its not a problem.
They did give me a blanket permit for all legal seeds/countries instead of listing them out.
Apologies for resurrecting this thread several months later...
Following the advice here, I avoided the online application and was surprised by the fast turnaround time on my snail-mail application. I got a blanket permit for eligible taxa and a bunch of shipping labels.
RSS, have you used your permit yet?
I want to buy some stylidium seed from Oz. Such a cool little genus but hard to track down here, except for S. debile. Two different sellers, both of whom seem reputable, assured me that all I would need to do is scan and email them a copy of the permit and the shipping label. Has anyone done this? I don't have any moral scruples scanning the labels, I just don't want men in black to show up at my door...
Once the seeds clear customs/inspection, how have you arranged to get them? Do you have to drive to the inspection center to pick them up?