Re: [gardeners] Smuggling plants

Michael Bailes (
Sat, 31 Jan 1998 16:41:52 +1100

At 7:45 PM +1100 29-1-98, George Shirley wrote:
>At 07:14 PM 1/29/98 -0600, you wrote:
>>I have to confess to having smuggled a few plants into the U.s. - the one
>>time was a pomegranite cutting from Italy.  Guess seeds from Kenya wouldn't
>>count, would they?  That is one of the more frustrating things for us and
>>traveling is not to be able to bring home some of the plants.
>>	our host for our week stay in Sommerset last summer said if we
>>washed all
>>the soil off the roots, we could carry them home with us.  We didn't try to
>>take any plants back, however, because we had another 9 days in Scotland.
>>Do you all know if this is so?
>>Barb Rothenberger
>>Columbia, Mo,
>In early 1987 I ordered about 200 native orchids from my old supplier
>outside Bangkok. Had a phyto-sanitary certificate and all. APHIS torched
>them in Hawaii on the way through. Sent me a nice note that they had done
>it and that the certificate was suspect. Shucks, Mr. Chou was probably the
>ONLY grower in Thailand that used an honest inspector. Decided I didn't
>want to grow orchids any more.
Sadly George my experience of customs has made me bitter too.
After 6 months of paying 40c a day per plant.+ filling in two phonebooks of
 I arrived on the day plants were to be released to be told "O they died!"
I have also seen the most extraordinary collections of rare plants in a
customs officer's garden.
If governments stopped using a policing model and used a helping model
instead less people would smuggle.
ie "Your a criminal, w'll make you suffer"
"How can we help you get these plants in safely so no disease comes with them."
i believe tissue culture test tubes are acceptable to many customs

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