Since so many of our members are located in foreign countries, this issue needs to be addressed.
So that you know, it is illegal to import plants and seed (yes, seeds too! ) into the U.S. without the appropriate phytosanitary documents in place. *It is the responsibility of the importing party here in the U.S.A. to be sure this documentation is in effect before receiving plant material.
I have seen open illegal solicitations on the Trade Forum, and feel I must caution members that illegal import carries some very hefty fines in the multi-thousands of dollars.
Needless to say, any such barters should take place *privately*, via Personal Messaging, not on a public forum where they may attract unwanted attention!
Sure, the Customs folk can't open every envelope, but it would not be good if a random check found illegal (read smuggeled) material en route to you. *
It doesn't matter if you solicited the trade or not. *I know of one friend's nightmare experience where he was sent an unsolicited plant at the wrong time. *His fine would have bought him a vacation in that same country.
Just a word to the wise: be careful regarding the laws pertinant to your own countries regarding importation of plant material, and if you MUST do an illegal exchange, do so very quietly and not on a public forum!
PFT does not support or encourage illegal exchanges of this nature. *I am sure you understand that we need to clearly state this.
Good growing, all!