Many countries require a phytosanitary certificate or "phyto" to allow a shipment of seeds to enter their borders. The "phyto" is issued by our agricultural inspectors and accompanies a shipment of seeds to declare its apparent freedom from harmful organisms such as insects, fungus, etc.
If you are ordering from one of the following destinations, you do NOT require a phyto, import permit, or the like and you can skip the rest of this page: European Union, Switzerland, Norway, most of Eastern Europe, Canada (except for large orders), Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, and Australia (except for large orders).
United States of America: Since January 22nd, 2002, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is enforcing a phytosanitary certificate requirement when importing any plant products, including seeds, into the USA. In order to comply with this new regulation, we will automatically accompany every shipment to the United States with a phytosanitary certificate, whether you request it or not, which we will supply at cost (Euro 18).
To facilitate the issuing of phytosanitary certificates and to legally import plant material into the US, you should have an USDA import permit. If you have one, please let us know your permit number. If not, we urge you to apply for one with the APHIS asap and let us know your permit number as soon as you receive it. Applications are free and PPQ Form 587 can be downloaded here. For an example on how to fill out the PPQ form 587, please look at the following sample pages for nurseries (wholesale) and for collectors (small packets). Please fill out your download on your computer, print, sign and mail to:
4700 River Road, Unit 133
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Click on "Import Authorization System." Or, call 1-877-770-5990 for more information. Allow approximately 2 weeks for processing. Your permit can be for palm seeds (Arecaceae) in general and will be valid for about 6 years before it needs to be renewed.
We can ship to you even if you do not yet have this permit, but only for one-time, small orders. For all other orders, we strongly recommend that you get this permit.
Please contact us if you need any further assistance.
The following countries require a phyto: Canary Islands (large orders only), Canada (large orders only), Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, Suriname, Colombia, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Réunion, Mayotte, Pakistan, China, Taiwan, and Australia (large orders only).
Please contact us for import procedures if you are ordering from: Mexico, Barbados, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Egypt, U.A.E., Malaysia, Indonesia, or New Caledonia.
India: Please contact your authorities or an import agency for procedures.
New Zealand: All shipments must be accompanied by a phyto except Cycad seeds. Please check the MAF's "positive list" of which species are permitted for import. If your desired seeds are not on their list, please contact us. Our seeds get accepted into virtually every country around the world.
However, New Zealand's MAF has chosen to inspect every seed with a microscope and will inevitably find a few spores of fungus or other organisms on some seeds, which will then be identified and treated at the buyer's expense, probably a good source of income for the MAF. We do not normally fumigate or disinfect our seeds as such practices may seriously damage the embryos of palm seeds. For New Zealand shipments however, we may charge up to Euro 10 per item for disinfection treatment with insecticides and fungicides. If any special treatments are requested they will be billed at cost.
Special requirements for phytosanitary certificates or other declarations can be met for practically any destination worldwide (Please give details on the check-out form under "comments"). Please contact us if you are not sure about your country's requirements.
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For this service, we are unable to provide individual phytosanitary certificates or other declarations, but almost never encounter problems, even to "difficult" countries. Small packet orders to the United States are shipped in bulk, with a phyto, to enter the US but once there the individual orders are mailed by our local distributor without that documentation.
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