Buyers must know and understand the import regulations for their countries. The International Carnivorous Plant Society relies on its members to inform the society of country-specific regulations so we can help keep members in each country informed. Members are encouraged to contact the ICPS Store manager with country-specific import requirements so this page can be kept up-to-date.
Please note that we are not able to ship anything from the ICPS Store to countries that require prepaid VAT tax. This includes most of Europe.
The International Carnivorous Plant Society cannot ship CITES listed seeds internationally. The process to get CITES export permits can take 9 months and is beyond the scope of what we can do for general seed orders. CITES import permits would also be required for the importing country. The species this affects are:
Import Requirements for Seeds and other Plant Material
Many countries require that phytosanitary certificates be included with seed imports. At this time it is not practical and very expensive for the ICPS to get seeds inspected for each international shipment.
Based on reports from members and USPS guidlines:
- Taiwan requires the importer to pay for an phytosanitary inspection before release by customs unless a phytosanitary certificate is included with the shipment.
- Denmark requires the importer to pay for an phytosanitary inspection before release by customs unless a phytosanitary certificate is included with the shipment.
- Most countries now have some restrictions on importing (and exporting) seeds and any other sort of plant material without inspections and permits.
Some countries prohibit the import of certain species.
- Australia has had restrictions in the past. Check with your government to see what the current restrictions are.
- New Zealand has a list of regulations and accepted species at Importing Seeds for sowing and Biosecurity Index. Please read the regulations and check the list of species. Contact your Plant Imports Team, Ministry for Primary Industries if you have any questions.
As a general principle, the International Carnivorous Plant Society does not want to contribute to the spread of invasive species.
Carnivorous plants seeds we do not sell because they are too weedy or invasive if they escape your control:
Plants that should not be planted in such a way as they could escape your control and may be illegal to import:
Ibicella lutea (not carnivorous)
Proboscidea louisianica (not carnivorous)
Proboscidea parviflora (not carnivorous)