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Unread 04-22-2012, 03:21 AM
tylerumn tylerumn is offline
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Default Bringing orchids to Canada from U.S.

Hello fellow members,

I'm moving to Canada in the next few days and would like to know what the customs rules are in importing orchids. I have been trying to contact my state ag. department and also the Canada border for information to no avail - they won't answer the phone.

A few more details. I have about 15 plants, some are duplicates, many are the same species and genus. I'll be crossing the Washington-B.C. border by car. Thanks for any advice.
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Unread 04-22-2012, 12:16 PM
lambelkip lambelkip is offline
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The Canadian Orchid Congress has a page - Importing Orchids into Canada for Hobbyists. Check the section titled "Importations from the continental USA"

CFIA policy directive D-96-09 covering orchids appears to be under review, but you should be able to contact their horticulture specialist from that page.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 12:42 AM
tylerumn tylerumn is offline
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Hey folks,

I wanted everyone to know that I've successfully imported all of my orchids into Vancouver Canada. The only question I got was from the customs officer was: "are they potted in soil?". Maybe I got really lucky but I feel the importation laws and steps are very ambiguous.

I hope other people can share their experience about bringing orchids to another country and post them here.

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Unread 04-29-2012, 12:57 AM
stefpix stefpix is offline
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it may be more of a headache to move them back to the USA! I assume you had no terrestrials?

good for you!
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Unread 04-29-2012, 01:02 AM
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Welcome to Canada! Glad to hear our officials didn't cause you any grief
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Unread 04-29-2012, 10:45 AM
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I have brought many orchids in from outside canada to Vancouver. Not had a problem yet. But I think that I have just been lucky.
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