Sending Seeds to OZ

Ken Smith
25 April 2000

Just a reminder about the need to send clean seed when posting into Australia (or anywhere for that matter). I received a “Seizure Notice” from AQIS, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, regarding a parcel of Clivia seeds sent to me. The parcel contained a batch of clean seed. That is okay. There were also two other packets in the parcel that contained seed still in the fruit. Fruit is a prohibited import and will be destroyed.

I contacted the office after receiving the form letter and found out two things. One, the packets were not labeled, and two, the packets with the fruit would have to be cleaned or kiln dried. Good thing was that the fruit was not a messy affair. I sent a document to indicate the species of seed. I have to go to the AQIS holding office so that I can clean the seed while an Inspection Officer looks on. I didn’t want them cooked and I didn’t want to lose them. AQIS charges for this. If I took the option of returning to sender there is still a charge.

So, the way to go is to make sure that only clean seed is sent. The packets must be clearly labeled with the species. A Customs Declaration sticker must be attached. These seeds are too valuable to have them arrive and then be destroyed. The attention to detail will be worth it in the long run. All mail is checked so take care. I have received many packets of clean seeds without incident. Fruit stops them every time.