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LIVE PLANTS

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Category: Sample Data-Articles Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 Written by Super User

Live plants (including plant cuttings, and some flowers) are prohibited entry unless the Samoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit. These permits, which cannot be applied for on arrival, will always have some pre-entry conditions attached, and in some cases post-entry conditions as well.
Entry conditions are described within Import Health Standards or can be sought via the Samoa Quarantine Service contacts.

 

Anyone wishing to import live plants, or propagatable material is advised to seek Import Permit advice well in advance of any proposed shipping date as, in some cases, extensive research will need to be undertaken to assess the potential risks associated with the entry of the plant (e.g. to assess any possible affects in the Samoan environment.)

Even after this extensive research permission to enter cannot be guaranteed.
Entry conditions may also include a period of "Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ)" time in an approved secure environment. At the present time there is only one approved PEQ site and that is at the Ministry of Agriculture's Research Facility at Nu'u.
Examples of some imported plants include;  Orchids, roses, carnations, palms.

Seeds are also capable of carrying pests and diseases.   As a general rule small quantities (up to three packets of same variety - or no more than 150 grams) of garden seeds for home use do not require a prior Permit to Import, however they must still be declared, and will be subject to inspection and clearance by a Quarantine Officer on arrival - in some cases seeds may be seized due to the risk of introducing an exotic pest or alien weed species.  All other importations of seeds are prohibited entry unless the Samoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit. These permits may have some pre-entry conditions attached, and in some cases post-entry conditions as well.
Entry conditions are described within Import Health Standards or can be sought via the Samoa Quarantine Service contacts.   Always declare seeds carried, and if in doubt ask a Quarantine Officer for advice. Some seeds may be prohibited entry, and others may require some sort of treatment or special inspection/examination/isolation before entry can be allowed.

Bulbs are classed as live plants (in a dormant stage) and are also capable of carrying pests and diseases.  In some cases they are prohibited entry unless the Samoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit. These permits may have some pre-entry conditions attached, and in some cases post-entry conditions as well.

Entry conditions are described within Import Health Standards or can be sought via the Samoa Quarantine Service contacts.   Always declare plants and bulbs carried, and if in doubt ask a Quarantine Officer for advice. Some plants may be prohibited entry, and others may require some sort of treatment or special inspection/examination/isolation before entry can be allowed.

Please be aware that there are severe penalties for non-declaration of risk items.

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