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Due to international agricultural regulations, shipping live plants around the world is a complicated procedure. In order to get your dream plants, please read carefully information below.
Currently our shopping cart is for the US orders only. Automatic calculation of International shipping cost will be added soon; until then, please contact us for a quote.
International orders placed in shopping cart without our prior approval will be canceled and 6% cancellation fee applied.
See also General Information on ordering seeds.
What is required from a customer
All packages are subject to customs clearance and proper paperwork is of vital importance. Please make sure to find out all rules and regulations governing plant importation to your country. It's your responsibility to comply with these rules and regulations. Contact your local agricultural authoroties if you have questions regarding these rules. If something important is missed in the paperwork we prepare according to information you provide us, you may never be able to receive the shipment.
When placing international seed order, please email us with the following information:
PLANT ORDERS - INTERNATIONAL
Shipping methods and time in transit
We ship internationally using FedEx International Service.
Tracking number will be provided to you for every shipment.
Total delivery time depends on several factors, incluing your local customs clearance and delivery to rural areas. Time in transit is usually accurate, but total delivery time to your address can not be guaranteed in case of customs delays. It may also take extra day(s) if going far into the rural areas of the country.
Customs clearance includes agricultural inspection and in most cases, occurs at Customs Entry Room of FedEx facility at destination, at the same business day upon arrival. If you prrefer, you may want to contact your local FedEx office and coordinate pick up of your package(s) at the Airport of destination to save extra time. Otherwise, it will be delivered by FedEx truck to your shipping address.
We guarantee that we ship healthy, developed plants.
Only selected "tough" plants are recommended for International shipping (example: Mango, Adeniums and other succulents, number of fruit trees and flowering ornamentals). Some tender species that don't ship well especially for over 1-2 days in transit, are shipped at customer risk only.
When shipped barerooted, plants are at higher risk to get stressed out and even die during transportation. We can not replace or refund items shipped internationally.
What is required from a customer
All packages are subject to customs clearance and proper paperwork is of vital importance. Please make sure to find out all rules and regulations governing plant importation to your country. It's your responsibility to comply with these rules and regulations. Contact your local agricultural authoroties if you have questions regarding these rules. If something important is missed in the paperwork we prepare according to information you provide us, you may never be able to receive the shipment, or plants may get damaged due to unfortunate delays.
When placing international order, please email us with the following information:
Documentation included with every International shipment
Cost of international shipment
The price you pay for getting your plants delivered to you from Florida includes:
Example of approximate price structure by FedEx International Priority.
Estimated for 3 gal fruit tree priced at $40. Smaller plants will have different price structure. Please contact us for accurate estimate!
|Shipment contents||20 pks of seeds
$3 per pack
3 gal pot at $40 price
1 box 8x8x60"
3 gal pots at $40 each
5 boxes 10x10x60"
3 gal pots at $40 each
50 boxes 10x10x60"
1500 Lbs, discount 20% on plant price
|Duties and taxes* (approx)||$0||$0||$0||$0||$5||$5||$5||$5||$40||$40||$40||$40||$500||$500||$500||$500|
|Total cost of your order||$230||$235||$240||$245||$260||$300||$350||$360||$1110||$1410||$1510||$1610||$7820||$10520||$12120||$13220|
|S&H per item||$8.50||$8.75||$9||$9.25||$220||$260||$310||$320||$71||$101||$111||$121||$46||$73||$89||$100|
|Total cost per item
(Plant price + shipping)
*Customs duties and taxes must be calculated for every invividual country
There are 4 components to Canadian shipping:
COST OF SHIPPING
a) Lower provinces
BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario, ect.
Approximately $150 for an 8*8*48 box weighing 35lbs. This is our cost with the discount via International Priority.
b) Northern provinces
approximately $200 for an 8*8*48 box weighing 35lbs. This is our cost with the discount via International Priority.
Shipping International Priority
- usually means the plant will get there Tuesday or Wednesday. Economy is cheaper, but estimates put a delivery for Wednesday or Thursday.
We can ship two sizes of plants to Canada. The smaller size is one gallon, and the larger is grown in a 3 gallon pot. Plants are shipped with potting soil attached (not barerooted).
For box dimensions 8"x8"x48", 35 pounds, we can ship approximately 2 of 3-gal plants or 5 of 1-gal plants.
Prices will vary based on final weight and size.
There are a few plants that require an import permit:
DUTIES AND TAXES
The customer is responsible for paying duties and taxes. Customs will call the customer directly to pay the fee over the phone.
(Example: For a $450 order to Alberta, customs charged a $60 fee)
The customer will be responsible for hiring a broker to handle the package through customs clearance. We must know who your broker is prior to the plants being sent out.
Once we receive your order it can take 2 weeks to process and ship. An inspector must come out and personally look over each leaf. We try to schedule the inspection for the upcoming Thursday so we can ship out early on Monday. Phyto certificate is good for 10 days.
PLANT IMPORT REGULATIONS in Canada
Plant importation to Canada is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Directive D-08_04 (Effective Date: November 25, 2013) In short:
You can receive your plants quickly
and at lower cost if you get them delivered to a U.S. address where you can pick them up and carry
them across the border yourself.
In this case, you are not required to have a costy phytocertificate, and only pay for the US shipping using our shopping cart.
Seed importation to Canada is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency: The ABCs of Seed Importation into Canada, Section K:
3.Seed analysis certificates and import declarations are not required for lots of herb seed that are 5 kg or less, or for flower seed, tree or shrub seed, true potato seed, ginseng, seeds of aquatic plants or onion/garlic multiplier sets. Please note: This exemption does not apply to wildflower mixtures. Importations of seed lots of wildflower mixtures that are greater than 500 g require an import declaration and a seed analysis certificate.Therefore, small orders of seeds do not require any additional paperwork and can be shipped. Of course, you need to check if certain species are prohibited in Canada.
Please make sure to read rules and regulations governing plant importation to Canada. It's your responsibility to comply with these rules and regulations. Contact your local agricultural authoroties if you have questions regarding these rules.
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