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    an International Reply Coupon (IRC) is essentially a SASE on an international level. It has nothing to do with documents and certificates required by import/export agencies, plant protection/inspection agencies, wildlife agencies, customs agencies, or any other agency that would deal with such matters.



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    I do not mean to be pesty...but is there anyway of sending seeds legally out to others countries? What actions need to be taken? What kind of permit are you talking about?

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    Travis,

    Different countries have different requirements regarding the importation of seeds. You would need the person who is receiving the seeds to find out what the requirements are in their particular country.

    For instance, here in Australia most seed are allowed without any permits so long as they are labelled with a botanical name and are clean and free of any contamination.

    Some countries require phytosanitary certificates which are basically documents that deem the seed to be free from any disease or insect infestation. These documents are prepared by plant health officers (or their equivalent) in each particular country. I am one of these officers in Australia.

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    Sean.

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    Here in the U.S. a phytosanitary certificate is required to legally send or receive ANY plant material, as well as pertinent permits which are issured respective of the species you wish to import/export. For Drosera/Utricularia a simple permit alone is probably all that is needed (along with a phyto. cert.) For species with C.I.T.E.S listings, such as Nepenthes, further permits are required. Also, some species are under the regulation of Fish and Wildlife, and these require additional permits. I tried accessing the URL given to me when I made inquiry, and I can't reach it, but it was given as http://www.aphis.usda.gov.ppq/permit...s/nursery.html. There is a form there (if you are fortunate enough to find it&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] where you must list the species you are dealing with, and they will then inform you of what permits are needed for each.
    Phytosanitary Certs. cost 50.00 each, with additional permit costs added to that tidy sum.

    So, effectively, getting and sending seed legally outside the US is prohibitively expensive. Still, seed comes and goes: but be AWARE that it is not legal for it to do so, and use some caution and discretion if you MUST break the law!

    Do not mention sending or receiving such material in a public post!

    Personally, I find these restrictions fairly absurd when applied to hobbiest exchanges of CP seed, but that's Uncle Sammy for ya. I am sure that many folk will still send and receive seed without the red tape, but you should keep all this in mind. It's not "OK", and there are possible repercussions from doing so. I doubt the government will fine some 12 year old if there is a pack of sundew seed in a letter to him, but they technically could.
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    Cool

    Thanks Tamlin, Seandew and Tony. It clears up my questions and I am really sad that I am unable to do business them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I just will not take the risk of getting me in trouble plus the fact of getting others in troulbe.

    Travis
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