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  • Cuttings from USA to Canada

    Hi Members, A friend of mine in the States wants to send some cuttings to me in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Is that possible or not as I was told that it might be some restriction between the two countries. Anybody knows about ?

  • #2
    Not legal, tell him to send anyway. Worst that will happen if they are found is they will be confiscated. I would say the odds of being confiscated US to Canada is about 1/100,000
    Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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    • #3
      Thanks very much. I will tell same to my friend to see if he likes to try to send me or not.

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      • #4
        Hi pacifica, go on the site of the canadian border agencie. From what i'm reading we can ...
        Vincent Canada Québec zone5

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        • TylerJ
          TylerJ commented
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          You can (legally) if you have the proper documentation (phytosanitary certificate, import docs., etc.) but people do it frequently anyways usually with no troubles.

      • #5
        now that is a twist because there is a nursery in BC that I want some figgys from......they won't ship to US....

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        • TylerJ
          TylerJ commented
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          No because you are from out of country.... and most retail nurseries won't issue Phytosanitary Certificates because that is a costly procedure for them. Wholesale nurseries are a different story.

          Last year I bought some raspberry plants from Nourse Farms out of the US but they only charged me $25 for the Phyto which was a steal. Most times phyto's are $75 to $100+ alone. I then had to apply for the import permit on the Canadian side which was only $20 or so for the small order I had. Even still $45 for documentation was pretty good considering the plants weren't available yet in Canada so it was worth it for me.

      • #6
        Vincent & Tyler : Noted with many thanks. I better tell my friend not to send to be trouble free.

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        • TylerJ
          TylerJ commented
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          Like WillsC says above.. the only trouble would be it gets stopped at the border and that really is a rarity... from what I've heard. Especially if its just cuttings. I was just pointing out that by the books... you need documentation.

      • #7
        Resurrecting this one as I search and this is the closest I've seen.

        Can anyone give their experience on the most cost effective way to ship a few cuttings to Canada? Nothing huge and heavy, just 2-10 cuttings or so in a small bubble mailer, standard cutting package.

        ​​​​​​I'll do some more googling but thought I'd ask you all.
        Jaime - Orange County, CA 10a (coastal) Wishlist: Thermalito, Cosme Manyo, Beltrana, Del Sen Jaume Gran

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        • #8
          USPS is likely the lowest cost.
          Johnson1
          Zone 9b
          S of Tampa Bay, FL

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          • #9
            Let me start by saying that officially it is not legal to import cuttings without the proper documentaion, as mentioned above. However, if a Canadian decides to order cuttings from someone in the U.S.(without documentation) then they are taking a chance of possibly not receiving the cuttings. I found this out the hard way. In my case, the cuttings were returned to the original sender and I received a letter saying that it was not legal to import the cuttings.

            p.s. The U.S. seller gave me a full refund but did NOT have to do that (although I appreciated it!)
            Last edited by angelad; 12-15-2020, 01:24 PM.
            Angela - Southwestern Ontario - zone 6a
            wish list: none for now

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            • #10
              USPS First Class International package and thats comes with tracking. That service is good upto 4 pounds.
              Tony, Toronto Canada USDA 4B
              Wishlist:
              Figue Janue, Yellow Neches, St Martain, Texas Peach.

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              • #11
                Be careful

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                Guildwood Village - Toronto, Canada - Zone 6

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                • Californiacuban
                  Californiacuban commented
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                  This is one of my all time favorite skits about the US border patrol on the Canadian portal

                  https://youtu.be/DFcIH2tK2iM

                • ginamcd
                  ginamcd commented
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                  In my experience in the northeast, the VT/CA border has the most laid back border guards. ME is also pretty easy. NY border agents on both sides are a bit more...prickly. Only other place we ever crossed was the MI/CA border and I recall it was pretty uneventful.

                • TorontoJoe
                  TorontoJoe commented
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                  I have to admit... I've wondered how many Ourfigs members we have that are actually customs or border guards.... hmmm

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                A bull thought my mid-size rental was a competition in Banff and ramped into the car. We happened to be the smallest car in the vicinity and we didn't even see that bull at first. Because there was another one we were taking pictures on the other side of the road.
                Moved from SoCal 10b to N. NJ 7a

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