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Plants and Seeds

Selling plants and seeds is generally allowed on Etsy, but some government regulations dictate the types of plants and seeds you can sell. Regulations for plants and seeds vary depending on genus and country of origin. Also, regulations for a particular plant or seed may change depending on the pest or disease status of the originating country.

For these reasons, you should check with your local government agency, such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), for specific guidance on what is allowed to be sold across state and national borders. Note that certain countries may have importation requirements such as a phytosanitary certificate.

Some examples of plants regulated by the USDA include bamboo seeds and plants, citrus plants, cotton seeds and plants, sandalwood, wheat, and noxious weeds. Find out more at the USDA’s website.

For information regarding Canada’s rules and regulations, please refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website. In the EU, you can find more information at the European Commission’s website.

In general, seeds may be sent to Australia if the Australian Government's Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) indicates they're permitted and are not otherwise restricted from import. Sellers should check this list before supplying seeds to buyers in Australia.

Be sure also to consult the USPS or your local shipping carrier for specific restrictions regarding shipment of plants or seeds.

Because laws vary from place to place, it is a good idea to consult an attorney or qualified legal expert if you have any further questions.

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