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We are unable to provide Phytosanitary Certificates or other declarations. There may be problems importing seeds to your country due to this and other possible restrictions. Please will you check with your authorities regarding these restrictions BEFORE placing an order. We do not assume any responsibility if Customs or similar agencies confiscate seeds. However, any complete orders that may be returned to us in those cases will be refunded.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Why take the risk, not to mention all those air miles and dodgy quality control?

What seeds are you trying to find hare? Most seed companies have plenty of different bellflowers.

Does anyone know if it is leagle to import these seeds for my own use?

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Interesting question-have done a bit of “digging”-if you were importing in the normal sense i.e. flying in you can bring up to 5 packets of seeds

I spotted some seeds on the Internet for sale of a couple of plants I’d quite like to grow in my garden, nothing controversial just some bell flowers, however on closer inspection the seeds would be posted from Hong Kong.

Bringing in seeds from the EU is OK. From anywhere else they have to be government certified from a recognised and licensed supplier. This is to reduce the risk of disease and other nasty pathogens and insect eggs entering the UK and Europe.

My guess is the same regulation applies-obviously if this was for commercial use there are probably loads of regulations