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Oakley WitchOakley Witch Posts: 789

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Has anyone ever imported seeds from the USA before? If so...how much import tax do you usually pay and are there some I can not fetch in through customs? Also...who would I contact to see if there is a list of what I can and can not import in?

Thanks in advance 

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Defra has a list of what you can import.

  • Defra doesn’t provide lists for the amateur gardener, only professional importers. Has anyone bought seed from USA since Brexit?
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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561
    As far as I know it is illegal to import any seed or plant or plant material that does not have a phyto sanitary certificate recognised by the UK.   These are expensive and also laborious to obtain which is why UK companies are no longer either exporting to or importing from Europe and Northern Ireland as they did before Brexit.   

    The big Dutch producers operate on a scale which makes it worth it but I doubt any USA seed or plant company has the volumes of sales to make it worth their while.   It is definitely not clever to risk importing uncertified seeds or plants which may harbour pathogens or other unwanted visitors that would wreak havoc in unsuspecting plant life.

    There are many seed suppliers in the UK that specialise in more unusual plants so why not try them first.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,085
    Pauline has started another thread @Obelixx.
    A slightly dubious one  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561
    I know.  Saw you were on the case @Fairygirl.
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,101
    edited 15 February
    What’s with the sudden desire to import American seeds? 

    Edit. I’ve just noticed that it’s not a sudden desire at all. The original question was posted 9 years ago.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,085
    A wee advert coming maybe @pansyface ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,101

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,318
    Fairygirl said:
    A wee advert coming maybe @pansyface ;)
    Advertising wee !?!?  @Fairygirl
    Mr Flowerdew’s patent compost activator?!?!?! 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,085
    Ooh err @Dovefromabove....
    That's what I get for being a Scot  :D
    Although - maybe advertising wee wouldn't be any worse than the Mary Jane...
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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