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Offline Lee2

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Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:26:30 AM »
A friend asked me to bring over some seeds on our next trip or to send them over with a friend, so just wondering, are there any restrictions on bringing in seeds to the Philippines? and would they grow, anyone tried seeds from your country and if so how did they do?
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Offline FRaymie

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Re: Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2018, 11:01:29 AM »
I believe the customs forms that are handed in as we arrive in Manila do say no agricultural items or seeds. (Not 100% sure) We have never had any seeds taken from us in Manila however. Seeds have been taken from my asawa's carry on in LA however (once in 2012). We have sent seeds via mail several times with no problems. Just about everything that we've sent has grown fine. Between my garden and my nephews we have squash, egg plant, Beef Eater tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes. We also have several variety of flowers. I did try Mexican Avacados in 2009 without success.

Offline Lee2

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Re: Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2018, 11:22:53 AM »
Thank you FRaymie, the form is a bit confusing for my little brain, so I am still not 100% sure, I do not see seeds on the form but it does say byproducts and technically a seed might be considered a byproduct, also possibly this might not be the latest form? I know the law changed on how much we can carry in pesos, it is now p50,000 instead of p10,000, I posted about that HERE so there will likely be a new form out someday if not already on that.

Below is where I got the form I posted below.
https://www.silent-gardens.com/air-arrival.php

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Re: Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2018, 12:51:44 PM »
That's the form we had earlier this year. As we all know these type of things change almost daily depending on which clerk/agent or inspector you run into. As I said, entering Manila no one has even looked at our luggage or carryon. However, we have had our things looked over while departing the US. I'm always careful about the currency, but have never been challenged on that to show what we had.

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Re: Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2018, 12:58:13 PM »
Lee.

You're quite correct. "Seeds" are referenced in various Environmental Laws, as being part of a "Plant Material", so should be declared.

< http://www.chanrobles.com/legal9.htm#.WvZwJUO5u02 > has a number of RA's that you may trawl through at your convenience.  :D

Especially of importance is if the seeds are of genetically altered stock. Then these MUST have a permit to be imported and only by certified traders.

There are companies in the US, which appear on online searches, which will send seeds to the Philippines. This may take any customs hassle out of your trip.

Peter
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Re: Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2018, 01:22:51 PM »
Have been able to both take them via plane and have them sent via LBC.  Everything we planted grew.  That said, some grow better than others.  The herbs and spices plants did very well.  The more traditional "garden plant" from the midwest part of USA not as well.  That isn't to say that they didn't grow or produce fruit, but more that they didn't grow as big, produce as much fruit, nor was the fruit that was produced grow to the same size as when I grew it in Michigan.  So that was a one and done.  But Tina still asks for the herbs and spices seeds and gets them via lbc.
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Re: Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2018, 02:01:57 PM »
I was thinking different type seeds.

Offline Gray Wolf

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Re: Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2018, 10:17:04 PM »
I was thinking different type seeds.

 ;D :D :D :) :)
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Re: Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2018, 09:10:29 AM »
;D :D :D :) :)

Plenty of "those" seeds available in Benguet and other parts of the Cordilleras, or so I have been told.
 ;) ;)


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Offline Gray Wolf

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Re: Seeds, is it legal to bring in seeds?
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2018, 09:57:23 PM »
Plenty of "those" seeds available in Benguet and other parts of the Cordilleras, or so I have been told.
 ;) ;)

Peter

Yeah, but what kind of quality? There are many strains. Big difference between hemp and kush  ;)  :D
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