Sending Seeds to OZ
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.