USA residents are required by their government a ‘Small lot of seeds permit’ in order to import seeds from ANY country. This permit is issued by APHIS-USDA.
This link leads to the APHIS-USDA website where anyone can apply for free for a Small lot of seeds e-permit, which is then valid for 3 years.
Click on the following link to read about the: Small lot of seeds permit.
The e-permit must be accompanied by the green & yellow labels that get attached to the parcel. You can obtain as many labels as you wish.
Please send your permit and label(s) as pdfs attachments in reply to the order confirmation you receive after placing an order. They will be printed by us at no cost to you.
One ‘detail’ not well explained on the USDA website is that the name/address on the permit has to coincide with the shipping name/address.
A few species are not allowed the entry into the territory of US even with this permit; we are trying our best to mark them in the shop; so please do NOT order seeds of such species.
We require a minimum order of 5 seed packets (regardless of the price). Moist packed seeds can also be ordered. We have shipped them with no problems (but not embedded in vermiculite).
The green & yellow label will direct your parcel to the specified APHIS-USDA Inspection Station where the seeds and paperwork will be checked. The Inspector will then place your address sticker on the parcel and mail it to you.
The whole process takes 12-15+ working days, depending on the time of the year and final destination.
Until now, neither parcel we have sent this way has been lost nor any seeds confiscated.