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Rez
Oct 12, 2016 12:34 AM CST
I mean houseplants not crops and that for "personal use".
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Dutchlady1
Oct 12, 2016 6:07 AM CST
You should always comply with import rules; here is the USDA site that will explain the procedure.
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/import...
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bonitin
Oct 12, 2016 7:17 AM CST
Welcome! Rez

I cannot find anything about "houseplants for personal use" in the regulation of the USDA site..

If you know the botanical name of your plant, Rez, you could contact USDA and ask them, specifying it is meant as houseplant and for personal use..
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sooby
Oct 12, 2016 8:36 AM CST
I remember seeing that you are allowed to bring in personal houseplants, at least if you are moving home. I may have seen it on the border services website rather than USDA. I'll see if I can find it later unless someone else can find it before, puppy is waiting to go for a walk right now!
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tarev
Oct 12, 2016 8:44 AM CST
With proper clearance you can, but if it is just for one small plant, too much hassle, I think, so I never dare bring in any.
So many plants I really want to bring in from the Phil, but just thinking about paperworks is too time consuming for me. I just want to breeze through customs as fast as I can do it, especially after a long haul flight.
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tarev
Oct 12, 2016 8:57 AM CST
Here is also a link from CBP about bringing in live plants and seeds: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/600/~/importing...
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ivyplantsnyc
Oct 12, 2016 10:12 AM CST
Rez, thanks for asking the question whether you can bring live plants to the US. The responses and information that is listed above will help me in finding phone numbers to call when I go on vacation next year to Alaska. This will help me in my research as to how much it would be for the cost of a sanitary certificate etc. to send plants cross country to New York City. Doubt that I will come across a nursery or greenhouse that will send the plants ahead of me. I am sure that I will want a special orchid or begonia.
Thanks again.

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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Nov 7, 2016 7:37 PM CST
In case you're wondering, here is the response I got from USDA:

If you bring back 12 or fewer articles of admissible plants that have no special restrictions, you do not need a permit. However, you do need a phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin.

For help in determining admissibility, refer to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Plants for Planting Manual's reference section. Click on “Plants for Planting Manual” and then find the list of Regulated Propagative Material. Plants that are not listed in this section are generally admissible. Check for entries at the family, genus and species levels.


Although does not mention from what entity to obtain the certificate exactly.
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DavidLMO
Nov 7, 2016 10:06 PM CST
@Rez

What are you wanting to bring in and from where? And how bringing in - with you or shipped?
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