I'd be interested to hear what the company has to say on this...
Yes. Importing of any agricultural item into the US is regulated by US laws and require proper paperwork to obtain them legally.What if I buy something from a hobbyist in Europe, could this happen to me?
Buyers and sellers need to be aware of customs laws. Here is a response I got from APHIS in regards to a question I had asked several weeks ago concerning a similar matter:
"The relevant law is now the Plant Protection Act, which superseded most of the Federal Noxious Weed Act in 2000. The list of federal noxious weeds was out of date as well. The official list is on the APHIS website at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/weeds/index.shtml
...with regard to regulating the sell/trade of restricted plants between hobbyists. No one is required by the Plant Protection Act, our authority, to post the federal noxious weed list. I can't speak for the States, but I doubt that any State Law has such provisions either. It is the responsibility of the buyer/seller/trader to know the regulations affecting the goods they sell/trade... ...the import and interstate movement restrictions for parasitic plants, noxious weeds, and other pests regulated by APHIS-Plant Protection and Quarantine.
Polly P. Lehtonen, Senior Import Specialist
USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Plant Health Programs
Permits, Registrations, Imports & Manuals (PRIM)
Commodity Import Analysis & Operation (CIAO)
4700 River Road Unit 133, Room 4C-01.27
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Tel. (301) 734-4394
Fax. (301) 734-4300 "
This deals more with restricted materials, but it's the same general idea for getting goods shipped over that have the potential to have parasites attached. The phytosanitary certificate is required, and the only way around it is to mark the package as something else, which looks suspicious to customs agents, and can result in a seizure of you goods.
Paul sorry for your troubles.
Are the plants in question actually on a banned list? It sounds like the plant protection Act can simply ban all plants from import.
As soon as it came to our attention that this company might not be compliant with U.S. laws, an announcement was made.why has APC allowed them to be a sponsor for apparently a long period of time when they engage in illegal activity?
Really? No offense, but in less than ten minutes searching I found three other conversations here going back three years, and I was just looking for info on this companyAs soon as it came to our attention that this company might not be compliant with U.S. laws, an announcement was made.