Re: [gardeners] Smuggling plants

Michael Bailes (
Sat, 31 Jan 1998 23:39:21 +1100

At 1:12 AM +1100 31-1-98, Liz Albrook wrote:
>Cheryl & Erich Schaefer <> wrote:
>> It is true enough. I declared plant material coming back from Italy
>> and the inspector told me that my cuttings and bare root plants were
>> fine. The problem was soil. You can also apply for a permit to
>> import plants with you if you know in advance what it is you want to
>> bring back. Cheryl
>It must depend on the country of origin.  My sister tried to bring in
>one of the roots from which wasabe is made when she came from Japan
>last summer.
Amazing the Japanese didn't sushi you first.
Iit is illegal to export from japan
They hate anyone else to have it and  have an absolute monopoly on its
Just as the Dutch did in the early days of the spice trade.

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