- Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:48 pm
The application process sounds like more work than it actually is. I would bet hosting the group order is more work. I applied for the free permit (just for seeds) recently and this is how it goes:
Before starting you need to know which genera you will be importing (though you might as well just list all the CP genera for a group order,) which countries you will be importing from (I believe Carnivoria is in the Czech Republic, but it doesn't actually say anywhere on their website that I've been able to find,) and the shipping method they will use (regular mail vs parcel service.)
- Create a level 2 account (required to be able to fill out forms) on the USDA website and fill out your contact information.
- Drive to the nearest USDA office (there's tons of them, it shouldn't be far) and show your ID to get your account activated.
- Fill out the application forms online. This requires a list of each genus of plant you want to import and which countries each one will be imported from, as well as the method of shipment (regular mail vs parcel service.) You can amend this application later if necessary for future orders. I don't know if the CITES application requires more information.
- I got the permit in 5 business days so you shouldn't have to wait long. I have no idea if the CITES permit takes longer.
- After getting the permit, you have to request shipping labels for your permit which are required to be placed on import shipments.
One important note - if the shipment will be coming by parcel service, you will need to create an account with one (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc) and include that information with the shipment so the inspection station can bill you to ship the package from there to your home. This is not required if the package is sent through the mail as diverting the package to the inspection station never leaves the mail system so the original postage is still valid.