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Re: Tropical Leaves (not oak/beech)

On Thu, 19 Dec 2002, Colin Gorton wrote:

> Yeah, well as I said in the original posting, my contact lives in
> Venezuela so they should be free for her, maybe I can ghet her to send
> me some (start up an import business:-)) C:-)lin

Hi folks,

Totally missed the bulk of this thread last week, but I wanted to point
out that you have to be very careful when importing plant matter into the
US (or any country for that matter).  When we brought in aquatics from
Brazil a few years ago, there were a lot of problems in Miami.  And
rightfully so!  Various insects and small creatures can live on or in the
leaves, nematodes can infest soil, etc.  Everything we brought in had been
heavily scrubbed in insecticidal soap, and in many cases had the leaves
and roots pulled off completely.  Yet we still missed a few that the 
customs agents had to destroy.

The good news was that after having to deal with all this, the customs 
guys didn't really have any interest in harrassing us over our 100 fish we 
brought. :)

  - Erik

Erik Olson
erik at thekrib dot com

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