Phytosanitary Certificates. What are they?
How does a Farm get a Phytosanitary Certificate?
The farm needs to apply to the government Department Of Agriculture (DOA), pay fees and then have their farm inspected to ensure the DOA is satisfied that they meet the requirements for growing and processing seeds for export. They then issue an 'acceptance certificate' which allows phytosanitary certificates to be issued. The inspection DOES NOT create phytosanitary certificates, it only states that the farm is acceptable to have them issued when needed.
Getting a Phytosanitary Certificate for export.
Every time an order goes out it has to be inspected and a phytosanitary certificate for that batch/order is created. This is a more time consuming process than the original inspection and its costly. Once the order has been inspected a certificate is issued and can be sent with the order.
How much does a Phytosanitary Certificate cost?
Here in the US they cost anywhere between $125 - $200 each, depending on what is in your order. This is why they are really only economic for importers or large amounts of seed. If you order is for $4,000 then its cost effective. If you just want a packet of seeds then obviously its not.
Does Floral Encounters offer phytosanitary certificates?
No we don't. The process of inspection is costly and really only worth it for shipping large seed orders. we don't normally have enough seed available to fill large commercial orders so its not worth the time and effort. Most of our customers only want small amounts of seed and certainly wont pay high prices for a certificate to import them.
Can you still ship overseas?
Yes we can at the customers risk. Many countries are now insisting on phytosanitary certificates so it's getting harder and harder to ship internationally. We don't have the resources to keep up with what each country requires. The customer needs to determine if they can legally import the seeds they wish to purchase. Floral Encounters is not responsible for any order that is confiscated by customs or returned to us. We do not offer refunds: it's at the buyer risk. Some countries to offer small lot permits that allow small amounts of seeds to be imported but you need to check and ensure that you can legally import any seeds you purchase. While small seed orders that will fit in a business envelope may be accepted anything that comes tracked and states it contains seeds most likely will be inspected and could be rejected.
COUNTRIES THAT REQUIRE PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATES
This is NOT a comprehensive list. It's just what we know about at present.
More countries may be included at any time. It's unlikely if your country
is on here it will be removed.