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Here are the seeds


By Queenie

Surrey, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone tell me if it illegal to bring 'found' seeds from another country into UK?




Check it out with HM Revenue and Customs or Uk Border Control because i know it is illegal in Australia and New Zealand.
I hope this is of some help to you

7 Sep, 2010


I believe you need to have a licence to bring plant material including seeds into the UK though you can bring up to five packets of commercially packaged seeds in.

and a copyof the leaflet "if in doubt, leave it out" -

7 Sep, 2010


No restrictions what so ever within the EU.

7 Sep, 2010


You do not need a licence or anything to bring seeds into the UK or other EU countries. New Zealand, Australia and USA (and Canada, I think) have very strict import regulations but seeds can be sent out from these countries to thje UK without issue.

7 Sep, 2010


You are not permitted to bring potatoes from anywhere without a phytosanitary certificate. From the RHS website

"Bringing plants from outside the EU

Small quantities of plant materials, which normally require Phytosanitary Certificates on import, may be brought into the UK from outside the EU provided they are:

* Not covered by CITES (see below).
* In personal baggage.
* Intended for household use and not business use.
* Free from signs of pest and disease.

For non-EU European countries and those bordering the Mediterranean the regulations allow five plants, up to 2kg (4lb) of bulbs and five retail packets of seed. Cuttings are considered to be the same as plants. Potatoes, citrus and grape vines may not, however, be brought in.

From the rest of the world, you are allowed five retail packets of seed. No plants, cuttings or bulbs may be brought back without a Phytosanitary Certificate. Details are available from PHSI. "

If you collect seeds from the wild they must not be endangered species -

"If you wish to bring back wild plants, you will need to be sure that the plants are not endangered. Here the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ( CITES) applies. These regulations are detailed and offer different levels of protection to species. Details are available from the Wildlife Licensing and Registration Service.

You can bring back CITES controlled plants which have been grown on a nursery, but you need to be able to produce documentation obtained from the supplier at the time of purchase. Orchids can be imported without permits only as cut flowers or where grown in flasks.

Wild plants, even if not covered by CITES, are often protected from collection in many countries. Increasingly the provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which recognises a country's property rights over its native plants, will also come into force. For further information see the CBD website. "

7 Sep, 2010


Wow! what a lot of information... thanks to all of you who sent me these I said these are seeds, and I found them in Egypt and they were on the ground under a tree which had large pods/beans- in a cafe garden near one of the ancient sites, so not endangered. They look like little brown buttons...Thanks again for the trouble - just going to look at the Defra site

7 Sep, 2010


I've seen those as well - I think they might be carob. Were they in big flat dark brown pods?

8 Sep, 2010


I thought thay they sounded like Carob, Beattie, but couldn't remember the name.

8 Sep, 2010


No, not carob I don't think these were neat and small about the size of a shirt button... will take a pic and post it

9 Sep, 2010


See picture above

10 Sep, 2010

How do I say thanks?

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