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importing plants into Canada from the US?

 
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I'm close to the border with our neighbours to the south, and not too far from me is what appears to be an excellent permaculture focused nursery. Border lockdown aside, I was wondering how difficult it would be to import plants and from my cursory research it appears that any attempt to do so would be entering a terrible ocean of red tape. Has anyone here attempt to bring plants across the border? Is it as bad as it seems?
 
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Yes, Virginia, there IS a border.

It may seem silly to you, and red tape makes us all scratch our heads, but a lot of people's livelihoods on both sides are at stake. I hope you will respect that.

Contact the organization you have in mind. Ask them if they are willing to export. If they are, the costs will be included in your bill.
 
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i have ordered plants from the USA and what you need is a phytosanitary certificate
the certificate covers the lot of plants shipped, as in you do not need a separate certificate for each plant
the certificate cost me $120 USD
the seller would also generally charge for their time in addition
they have to go through the extra steps of preparing the plants for inspection
 
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forgot to mention,
the plants may be held by the canadian food inspection agency for further inspection
the plants may end up spending a couple weeks in transit as a result
mine all survived
 
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oh yeah, i have not done this but apparently you can bring "houseplants" over the border with you
i was contemplating having the plants sent to a company which will act as a US mailing address then bring them over the border myself but luckily the seller started offering international shipping
 
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