Re: [gardeners] Smuggling plants

George Shirley (
Sun, 01 Feb 1998 10:13:21

At 07:35 AM 2/1/98 -0700, you wrote:
>At 11:39 PM 1/31/98 +1100, you wrote:
>>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.
>>Michael Bailes,  The Fragrant Garden, Portsmouth Road, Erina. N.S.W. 2250
>>Australia. (OZ) Int fax 61 243 651979  Phone 61 243 677322
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>Wanna bet?  They're selling it in the Berkeley, Calif. area I hear.  Margaret
You know those Berkeley radicals and their herbs. They probably have
something handy from anywhere in the world, particularly if a government
didn't want them to have it. ;-)

George, who would never ever smuggle anything !again!