Case in point: The USDA’s investigation of the mystery packages turned up a number of “noxious” weeds (dodder and water spinach). The investigation also turned up a number of diseases and pests. Those findings “haven’t sparked significant concern,” according to the USDA, but the investigation continues. The real goal of the mailings appears to be the aforementioned brushing scam.
China is also looking for answers since “most” of the packages, which also popped up in Canada and the U.K., bore postmarks from there. China’s Foreign Ministry determined over the summer that the mailing labels the country’s investigators had reviewed were forgeries.
The only catch to that concerns non-U.S. residents: If you sell seeds or plants outside the U.S., you can’t come into the country just to sell them inside the country. It might be a trickier thing for Amazon to police, but it’s the rule all the same.
The USDA has reportedly received close to 20,000 reports of these shipments, and has collected roughly half of them. Agriculture imports are monitored all around the world because new arrivals from abroad could threaten local ecosystems. That’s why there’s extra emphasis on declaring fruits and vegetables when you’re traveling between countries.
The site’s “plant and seed products” rules page for sellers does indeed note that seeds imported from outside the U.S. are no prohibited, along with those sold by non-U.S. residents.
The online retail giant confirmed in a Saturday report from the Wall Street Journal that U.S. customers are no longer allowed to import foreign seeds or plants. Amazon will still sell seeds to people in the U.S., but only if the seller is based there.
The policy change, instated on Sept. 3, comes after “thousands” of seed packets were delivered to U.S. mailboxes over the summer, with many postmarked from China. The report notes that it is believed the mystery mailings are part of a “brushing” scam, which aims to artificially inflate a seller’s visibility on algorithm-driven ecommerce websites like Amazon.
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What would Vedder do?
I’ve found lots of seeds I like from a ‘certain E bidding web site’ and they are offering to ship from the USA is there a certain criteria regarding import regulations etc?
A simple dude trying to grow veg. http://haywayne.blogspot.com/
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"Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seeds would require a Phytosanitary Certificate as a requirement for entry to the United Kingdom. This is to certify that a Plant Health official from the exporting country has checked the seeds and found them to be free from plant pests and diseases. There would be charges involved from the US side for the issue of the certificate and also charges for checking on entry to the UK. You would also have to register as an importer and notify Plant Health prior to the consignments arrival.
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