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US Seed Import Information

Information for US Members

To order seed from the list, US members must apply for an Import Permit and send this in with their order.  Permits are free and will be valid for 3 years.  If you have had a permit in previous years, please check the expiry date of your permits is after the end of February 2015 to allow time to clear your USDA customs.

Details of how to apply for the permit can be found at:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/permits/ppq_epermits.shtml

click on PPQ 587 - Application to import plants and plant products - where you can apply for a permit on-line.

To order seeds from the AGS seed exchange, please send:

  • your seed order on the form with this booklet
  • a photocopy of your import permit (all three pages) for every 50 packets that you order
  • a green and yellow label for every 50 packets that you order

Please post your permit and green/yellow labels directly to:

Diane Clement, AGS Centre, Avon Bank, Pershore, Worcestershire, UK, WR10 3JP

The Seed Distribution team will place inside the package:

  • your seeds
  • a list of your seed order to meet the permit requirements
  • the copy of your permit
  • a printed label with your name and address.

The AGS Seed Distribution team will paste the green and yellow label on the outside of the package to direct it to the Inspection Station.  At the Inspection Station, your seeds will be checked and then resealed, and the mailing label with your address will be pasted on the outside of the shipment.  The whole package will be returned to the US mail system, and forwarded to you. 

If possible, please use our on-line ordering system, as this greatly helps our administration process.   When you complete your order, you will be required to insert your permit number as printed on your green and yellow label and then mail your permit(s) and green and yellow label(s) to us.  For your ease of ordering, the on-line system will not allow you to select seed banned by the USDA permit requirements.

Diane Clement, Seed Exchange Director
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