Doing mainland trades

LisaCLV(HI)May 17, 2005

Have any of you traded plants or ordered plants from the mainland recently? Ordinarily you need a permit and have to get a phytosanitary certificate, which costs about $35, and then the plants have to go to the Ag Quarantine station for inspection, which is fine if you're buying a lot of stuff, but if you just want to get a couple of clean, unrooted cuttings from someone who wants to share, it's too much humbug! My husband says that they scan everything at the airport now, and any plant material is easily detected and destroyed. I would think he was just being paranoid, but I recently had some SEEDS confiscated because they came in without a phyto, so it seems to be a different ballgame now than it was a few years ago.

Don't get me wrong, I know the regulations are there to protect us from invaders like the coqui frog, and I think that's generally a good thing, but I just wondered what other people's experiences have been lately...

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hotzcatz(Hamakua, Hawaii)

Aloha Lisa,

I haven't ordered any plants recently, but some hatching eggs came through without any problems about a month ago. This was after there was a hiatus on shipping day old chicks. I've heard since then that they have relaxed that particular ban, but I'm not certain.

Shipping plants out is still the same since I just sent some a couple days ago. It was the traditional method of take the plant and the shipping container to the inspection station, let them inspect it, box it up and they put red stamps on it. I haven't tried to bring in any plants, though, so I don't know if that part has changed.

A hui hou,

    Bookmark   May 27, 2005 at 4:58AM
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