Friday, June 5, 2015

What need to be inspected by the Hawaii or US Departments of Agriculture and what doesn't - and shipping delays

I posted some of this on Facebook (it's public, you don't have to be on Facebook to read it), but I thought I might make it available to a wider audience.
I'll be trying this being away thing again next week, so if you're ordering anything that needs to go through ag inspection after today/yesterday early morning it will be delayed until next week Friday or possibly the Monday after. I can get orders out that don't need to be inspected through Sunday morning (going out Monday) and may be able to throughout (and I'll try to delete this part after I get back as well as that part of the title).

What needs to be inspected and what doesn't:

I just realized that it may not be clear what needs to be inspected and what doesn't. Obviously plant seeds need to be inspected, including Job's Tears and mgambo seeds, even if they're drilled - when going to most places, see below. I have been meaning to call the USDA whether mgambo seeds still need to be inspected if they are temporarily strung but haven't gotten around to that yet, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture guys told me that I'd have to ask the USDA - because: jewelry made with any of these seeds doesn't have to be inspected (neither does jewelry made with Job's Tears but I won't string those in the amounts that I sell by just to get around ag inspection, so please don't ask). Some seeds cannot be shipped to some states (e.g. citrus seeds cannot be shipped to Florida, though Florida is generally pretty open in what can be sent there). Orders to Puerto Rico require a phyto. This phyto is issued by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and is free but requires extra paperwork (and an extra day in most cases).

Non-propagative seeds (e.g. drilled mgambo seeds or Job's Tears) don't have to be inspected if they are staying within Hawaii. Coffee seeds cannot be shipped to destinations in Hawaii.

Orders going to Canada also don't have to be inspected here - but Canadian customs/inspection will make sure that you're not getting anything that may become invasive in Canada. As that's rather unlikely for tropical plants those seeds usually go through (I have never experienced a problem there - other than that clove seeds got frozen and didn't survive.).

Orders going to the mainland have to be inspected by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and we have an inspection place in Hilo. They are open on weekdays only, and they are closed on State Holidays.

Orders going abroad (other than to Canada) have to be inspected by the US Department of Agriculture. Their inspection place relocated not too long ago and is much easier to get to (and the new facilities are much nicer), but they are also only open on weekdays, and they are closed on Federal Holidays. Small orders going to the EU don't require phytos and I usually don't have large orders. I don't ship to countries that require phytos for any seeds or inspection by entities approved by their government (e.g. Belize or Nigeria).

Not being a certified nursery (you won't believe the paperwork required for that) I cannot ship plants out of State, but I can ship within Hawaii, or could the last time I asked. Plants still have to be inspected (think little fire ants and the like. We do have them here, and you seriously don't want them), and as they're usually bulky the postage is going to be quite a bit.

Having written this, I know it contradicts the signs you see at the post offices. What they are saying is that you can't just put it in the mail, you have to comply with the inspection regulations before you do so.

State Agriculture inspection (for domestic orders) will be closed on Thursday, June 11, 2015 for Kamehameha Day.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Just another update

This update has been sitting in the drafts for a year. Most of the things in the included treasury are probably in the sold or expired forever in the meantime (but I do have both unsorted and mixed Job's Tears available - white and brown will take a while longer).

Publishing, just to get it out of my drafts folder.

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A day of use-it-or-lose-it leave

Please keep in mind that in reality I wrote this in October :)

I have a job. It really is a bit more than full time job (overtime exempt, so I'm not getting paid extra in case people think that). Each year towards the end of the year comes the time to count one's left over vacation hours because we can only carry over 80 hours into the next year. Some time in September I counted up the hours and realized that I have to take a minimum of 9 days off because by the end of the year I will have accumulated 19 days left over in total. I could take all 19 days but I very much doubt there will be time for that. - I wrote this in October, and believe it or not, I didn't officially lose any vacation time, but I did work during some of it LOL

Made in Hawaii

Whether grown , designed or crafted by hand, these featured items are made right here in the great state of Hawaii

Bed of Roses - Botanical Perfume - Sumptuous Rose with Champaca, Violet, Carnation, Angelica and more - 15 ml glass bottle
DREAMCATCHER BRACELET made with genuine leather and a moonstone
Girls Hawaiian Tunic Dress Muu Muu Pink Pua Lei 6mos to 12
Clove tree seeds (10) - syzygium aromaticum - grown in Hilo, Hawaii
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Update on clove seeds and on tiare seeds

There was a small pod of tiare seeds of which I managed to get most before bird and other critters did. Unfortunately for whoever else is interested on of my long time repeat customers emailed me just that day, could she have 40, and then I looked at my rather short but quite deep waiting list, the first person, another long time repeat customer, wanted 200, counted what I had left and had 185, she got those. That was in mid November.

In the meantime I got one more pod. I'm still processing it but for the time being it's the last one I expect. While I do love my repeat wholesale customers I am going to give my online retail customers a chance this time. I know a lot of you are repeat customers too.

As clove seeds go, I still have some listed in my Artfire, Etsy and Zibbet shops and I just listed a package of 10 on Ebay as well. As the only other seller on Ebay is asking for $23 including shipping for 6 I didn't see going with the previous price for mine either - but it still is much lower. I do not know how many clove seeds I am going to have this time as it appears that our bees died. I am going to raise my wholesale and retail prices but I'm not going to where that other Ebay seller is.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Update on clove seed availability, shipping, and an Etsy treasury

It's a while since the clove seeds started, but they're still slow. If you're on the waiting list for larger orders, that may still be a while but I can accommodate a few small orders per week. Check my on-line shops :).

I have recently changed my policies to say that orders received before 7 a.m. will usually ship on the same day rather than 8 a.m. as it used to say. This is because on some days I have to be at work earlier, and if I start packing an order at 8 and still have to take it to Ag inspection I'm not going to be at work in time for 9 a.m. meetings. Other days orders may still go out if I receive them at 9 a.m. but I can't promise that, so it's 7 and will probably stay that way for a while.

As I received a clove seed order from Canada I found out that I can now ship to at least some countries (Canada is one of them) by first class mail from the USPS website, with the customs form and a tracking number, no more having to go to the post office for that. As I go along I will add shipping to Canada, and probably some other countries to my on-line shops, not just Etsy which has allowed first class international mailing labels for a while already.

And a treasury from a while back:

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