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Bringing tomato seeds back to the USA from Europe?

faithann
14 years ago

Hello all, long time reader, first time tomato forum poster!

I have a question about tomato seeds that I'm hoping someone might know the answer to.

In the fall my husband and I going to be spending some time Austria, Switzerland and Italy and we'd like to be able to bring some tomato seeds home to the USA with us. Not a large amount, just a few packages of a couple of unusual varieties as we are just hobby gardeners. I looked on the USDA website and it appears that we would just have to apply for a permit, make sure that the seeds are properly labeled and declare the tomato seeds when going through customs. Is it really as simple as all that or is the process more intricate than it seems? Does anyone have experience with this? Also, is there a fee for this permit and how long does it take to receive?

Thanks in advance. :)

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