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buying seeds from abroad

We are one of the few seed companies in the world who still grow and produce many of our own seeds. We supply numerous seed companies, trade customers and nurseries worldwide. We believe all seeds are correctly named. As these are sometimes open pollinated, occasional variations may occur and we cannot be held responsible other than for replacement of seeds.


We are unable to provide Phytosanitary Certificates or other declarations. There may be problems importing seeds to your country due to this and other possible restrictions. Please will you check with your authorities regarding these restrictions BEFORE placing an order. We do not assume any responsibility if Customs or similar agencies confiscate seeds. However, any complete orders that may be returned to us in those cases will be refunded.



For US customers – We advise you apply for a Small Seed Permit (PPQ 587 – Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products) before ordering. This is a link to the US government’s page that might be helpful, as well as the mailing process and shipping label requirements:

Heirloom and Heritage Vegetable seeds are strictly for private use and not for commercial food production. By their very nature you may get the occasional variant plant.


The site’s “plant and seed products” rules page for sellers does indeed note that seeds imported from outside the U.S. are no prohibited, along with those sold by non-U.S. residents.

The policy change, instated on Sept. 3, comes after “thousands” of seed packets were delivered to U.S. mailboxes over the summer, with many postmarked from China. The report notes that it is believed the mystery mailings are part of a “brushing” scam, which aims to artificially inflate a seller’s visibility on algorithm-driven ecommerce websites like Amazon.

The USDA has reportedly received close to 20,000 reports of these shipments, and has collected roughly half of them. Agriculture imports are monitored all around the world because new arrivals from abroad could threaten local ecosystems. That’s why there’s extra emphasis on declaring fruits and vegetables when you’re traveling between countries.

Amazon has a new rule in place governing seed and plant imports for U.S. customers: Nope.

Case in point: The USDA’s investigation of the mystery packages turned up a number of “noxious” weeds (dodder and water spinach). The investigation also turned up a number of diseases and pests. Those findings “haven’t sparked significant concern,” according to the USDA, but the investigation continues. The real goal of the mailings appears to be the aforementioned brushing scam.

China is also looking for answers since “most” of the packages, which also popped up in Canada and the U.K., bore postmarks from there. China’s Foreign Ministry determined over the summer that the mailing labels the country’s investigators had reviewed were forgeries.

The online retail giant confirmed in a Saturday report from the Wall Street Journal that U.S. customers are no longer allowed to import foreign seeds or plants. Amazon will still sell seeds to people in the U.S., but only if the seller is based there.

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Please let me know if you still intend to buy the seeds and I’ll guide you through the process"


I’ve found lots of seeds I like from a ‘certain E bidding web site’ and they are offering to ship from the USA is there a certain criteria regarding import regulations etc?

"Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seeds would require a Phytosanitary Certificate as a requirement for entry to the United Kingdom. This is to certify that a Plant Health official from the exporting country has checked the seeds and found them to be free from plant pests and diseases. There would be charges involved from the US side for the issue of the certificate and also charges for checking on entry to the UK. You would also have to register as an importer and notify Plant Health prior to the consignments arrival.

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