Overview international import/ export restrictions for roses

As import restrictions are generally regulated by the importing state and sometimes there are dependencies to exporting states,

I have no idea from where and to where I can send roses, seed or grafts.

I would like us to gather information into a table here.

Some idea?


In other words,

I would like to share plants or seed from and to germany.

South Africa is o.k. on import to germany.

What about Australia?

Enrique, You have been looking for some varieties, what is your location?


The USA allows both plants and seeds of roses to be imported from most countries except for Italy, New Zealand, Austrailia and a few others. Import from Germany is allowed.

Plants and seeds each require a separate permit. The permits are free, but a bit of a pain to obtain.

Rose plants require a phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin, a special mailing label must be used and the plants are subject to a post-entry quarantine of two years.

Small lots of seeds do not require a phytosanitary certificate but they must be packaged in a specific way and a special mailing label must be used.

The mailing labels are provided by the USDA along with the permits.

I have a small lot of seed permit, and would be happy to receive seeds and send them along to the intended person.


The German Plant Protection Organization should be able to help you. If you can read dutch, you can check the dutch summary of the world’s phytosanitary import regulation regarding horticultural plants exported from the Netherlands, as provided by the dutch PPO. The requirements should be the same for German plants. It should be noted that the Netherlands have special agreements with some countries (such as the US) that permit export from plants normally forbidden. Germany might not have such agreements. It should also be noted that the requirements are focused on dedicated transport of plants, i.e. not small amounts of plants send by postal services.


Link: www.minlnv.nl/portal/page?_pageid=142,2268041&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=15157

Morning all(our time OZ). I have been going through old threads and came across this one. I thought it was time to resurrect it. As you guys and gals understand your DOA system better than I, could someone post a link to it, specifically the export conditions from the USA, Possibly the link to a department which deals with this so I can contact them for the conditions, costs of importing small amoumts of rose seed to Austalia. My 2 contacts at our quarrintine(AQUIS) have sent all my end requirements. I could post the links here if anyone wanted to see them. Any help with this would be appreciated, Regards David.

email me direct if you want, roseman1927 at bigpond dot com

Just a small point about wording, David–

In the US, the abbreviation DOA most commonly means Dead on Arrival. I understand that you probably mean Department of Agriculture. That entity is known by the abbreviation USDA, and the part of USDA that handles imports and certifies the phytosanitary status of plants to be shipped is called Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Surely someone with a sense of humor coined that agency division’s name.


I’ve been trying to send seeds to a fellow spotted-rose fan in Oz, and been told that I do not have the proper permits to export seeds by the local PO! Apparently the seeds have to go through California and California requires special permits… and I can only think, “Wait, WHAT?!”

Sorry Peter, will not use those 3 letters anymore. I do like the APHIS name. I will try that site tonight.

Fara, surely California is not the only state allowed to ship seeds to OZ. Where are you in relation to California. Can you ship seeds state to state, without permits ?

David, I think this is your day to be taken to the woodshed! APHIS is a genus of aphids, thus Peter’s reference to humor. For some unknown reason my mother used to refer to all aphids as aphis. And such is the postal system here that if Fara sends something from Colorado it probably is routed through California, thus having to undergo scrutiny from a state she would not choose to send from, but it is not hers’ to choose. And being “taken to the woodshed” is an old fashioned way of saying you are having some corrections made-in reality it used to mean “corrections beat into you”, and hopefully this is just another U.S. colloquialism-believe me, no hostility intended.

Odd timing but since this discussion is going on already it seems best to post this here.

I just received notice that the USDA is limiting rose imports to plants coming ONLY from certain countries because of a pest named Anoplophora chinensis.

"The importation of the following plants for planting genera, excluding seed but including cut flowers and greenery, that are hosts of A. chinensis, are not authorized pending a pest risk analysis (NAPPRA) from all countries, except those listed after the plant genus:







United Kingdom"

Basically if you can’t get it from one of these countries then you can’t get it at all. Until now only a handful of countries were on the verbotten list, now it’s the other way around.

Interestingly enough, this means that cut roses from South America are now forbidden as well. Gotta love those pesky, trade-protectionist long-horned beetles.

Link: www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0072-0002

Just this week I sent bud wood to Bierkreek in The Netherlands. All that was required was to box them, send Priority, First Class or Express with the short form Customs form. I was to list the quantity of bud sticks; description of “wood samples” and declare “no value”.

If you use the Post Office printed boxes, the long form Customs document is required. To get around the hassle, I simply repacked the preprinted box in a plain box, used the short form and mailed it. They knew it as I repacked it at the desk.

Interesting how the import restrictions have suddenly changed. Does this mean we can now order from Italy, New Zealand and Australia as we never were able to before? Start your want lists, quickly! Kim