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Sending seeds to Australia

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I lost some more Palm seeds today.

Depending on where seeds are coming from (world wide) depends where they land in Australia.

For example, seeds from the eastern seabords of the States land in Melbourne Aust. and seeds from the western seabords of the States land in Perth. sometimes they do cross over but usualy once in a blue moon.

Believe it or not, Melbourne quarantine are the most difficult to deal with , even with Western Australias strict Quarantine regulations, Melbourne are tougher when it comes to Intrenational mail.

Heres me rambeling on ...back to the main subject...

How to prepare seeds to send to Australia;

1. seeds MUST be clean. This means no flesh, fruit or what ever you like to call it.

2. Seeds can only be packed in an INORGANIC  

Medium such as : vermiculite, Perlite, tissue, paper and the like.

The medium can be damp to stop the seeds drying out But care must be taken to make sure the seeds, medium and water ( used to make the medium damp) is sterile. If not, fungus/ rot ( disease as viewed by Quarantine) can break out in transit and upon inspection by Quarantine the seeds will be deemed "diseased" and destroyed.

seeds can also be packed and sent dry without any medium.

Organic Mediums like sphagnum, Coco peat ( Coir), soil and similar are NOT allowed and if packed in or there are evident traces of any of these , the seeds are destroyed.

3. Seeds must be pest free, this means the seeds must be inspected ( before packing) for evidence of seed borers or other insects. This can not allways be guarenteed and sometimes unseen insects do make the trip.

4. seeds MUST be Botanicaly labeled with both Genus and Species names. Preferably with stick on labeles as most of the time "permanant" ink usualy rubs of in transit.

5. More than 1 Genus/species can be sent at the same time as long as their packed sepreatly from any other Genus/species.

for example, 1 bag with 10 large seeds ( species "A") and 10 small seeds ( species "B")  is destined for the furnace...destruction!

6. Declaring " Palm Seeds" on the Customs document affixed to the package just makes every ones lives that little bit easier, theres no point trying to hide or smuggle seeds as all International mail is checked.

As long as these guidelines are followed, the seeds will arrive in good order and every one is happy.

Jason.

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Jason,

You make no mention of a Phyto Certificate.  I've sent three pagages of seed to myself in Oz from the USA with proper Export Phytos and had no problems at all.

Bruce

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Jay, I've never had seed come in thru Melbourne. Always Perth or more recently Sydney. I think all things come in thru Sydney Gateway Mail exchange now. I've got some Heliconia seeds being treated at the Sydney Nursery AQIS centre right now.

That being said I've heard of the trouble you had in Melbourne with that moron there not knowing what vermiculite was, and was addiment that what it was packaged in was NOT vermiculite. I think it all comes down to who inspects it and whether they still like there job or not.

Also phyto's are not necessary for palm seeds in Oz, but if you have them I think it scores well in there eyes.

regards

Tyrone

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How about an update, Ozzians?

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When I ordered seeds from RPS, both times just the words "Palm seeds" was written on the customs form. The large packet had been opened and checked by the AQS but the small packet came straight thru the mail. I have also had seeds sent to me from an IPS person in Costa Rica, they were opened too but no problems. I think it depends on who opens the parcel and what kind of mood they are in. I did notice that RPS put each species into seperate bags and labels inside the bags, they also write on the bags if there is perlite in there with the seeds. Smaller parcels seem to escape their attention more than big ones or ones from exotic locations.

Peachy

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Some seeds that are not on the AQIS list of acceptable species, will be siezed and destroyed, :angry: so when ordering from anyone overseas, you should check the AQIS web site to make sure you are not ordering seeds that are not listed and then make sure the sender does all the things in the first post, you should be fine :mrlooney::hmm::wacko:

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Some seeds that are not on the AQIS list of acceptable species, will be siezed and destroyed, :angry: so when ordering from anyone overseas, you should check the AQIS web site to make sure you are not ordering seeds that are not listed and then make sure the sender does all the things in the first post, you should be fine :mrlooney::hmm::wacko:

Too right Bruce.

For anyone interested, details can be checked via the below link...

AQIS Import Conditions (ICON)

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Haven't got any problem so far... but I always make sure they are in the AQIS list...

Regards, Ari :)

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The form required is the internationally recognised CN22 form abvailable from post offices around the world, Phyto certificates are not necessary as quarantine usually opens seed parcels and inspects them with or without Phyto certificates

clean seed , labelled correctly, no problems.

regards

Colin

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Took a whole pile of Veitchia seeds to the society meeting last night, V.joannis, V.winin, and V.mcdanielsii from my own trees, man they went quick.

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Took a whole pile of Veitchia seeds to the society meeting last night, V.joannis, V.winin, and V.mcdanielsii from my own trees, man they went quick.

Do you have any left, Wal?? It will be sad to leave them behind...

Regards, Ari :)

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So, you are talking about receiving palm seeds. How about sending? Anything special?

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Last summer I sent 3 packs of Pritchardia martii to 3 people in Oz. Two went thru and one was destroyed. All were packed in vermiculite,damp. I think it was the ones to Daryl that got nabbed.

Go figure? :unsure:

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So, you are talking about receiving palm seeds. How about sending? Anything special?

sending is the same but in reverse! :lol:

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So, you are talking about receiving palm seeds. How about sending? Anything special?

sending is the same but in reverse! :lol:

Dewd, I think he means the folks Down Under, sending stuff out of Oz - i.e. you could probably ship your granny out easier than getting seeds in.

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So, you are talking about receiving palm seeds. How about sending? Anything special?

sending is the same but in reverse! :lol:

Dewd, I think he means the folks Down Under, sending stuff out of Oz - i.e. you could probably ship your granny out easier than getting seeds in.

Thats my question, a friend of mine is in Brisbane, studying biology. so, maybe he can send me some seeds. I think we will test it...

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By the way i have sent 10 to 12 seeds couple of times to Australia.In just an postal envelope without any certificate or declaration form attached...

And i think when people send seeds in more than dozen number,then they are stopped from reaching the concerned location.:hmm: i.e sending seeds as gifts is different from buying seeds from online merchants.

Once i will try to send seeds to hawaii,just curious.:D

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