Importing flowers? Here’s what you need to know.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a bouquet of freshly-cut roses on Valentine’s Day! But you may not know the incredible journey they take before reaching our local stores. From negotiating Customs to going through various phytosanitary inspections, these special flowers experience quite an adventure – all in anticipation of celebrating your loved one on this romantic day! So let’s talk about importing flowers…
Perishable goods – why are there extra measures?
It’s important to take certain precautions when bringing flowers into the country. This is because plants and plant products can carry diseases and pests that, if left unchecked, could cause serious damage to the local environment.
What do you need to import flowers?
Customs and other designated authorities make sure that the flowers are safe for transport by following strict protocols. All shipments have to pass through inspection services performing several phytosanitary checks along the way:
- Verifying that there is no import ban.
- Providing a valid phytosanitary certificate.
- Having an inspection done at entry, carried out by a qualified authority.
- Providing support if Customs requests further inspection.
- Supplying the usual customs clearance data: import document, commercial invoices, packing lists and a certificate of origin if applicable.
How can Gaston Schul help?
All of this means that as an importer, there’s a lot of components to check and consider. Keeping a close eye on all of this can be complex and challenging. That’s where we come in. with our knowledge and expertise, we provide you with the right advice on Customs clearance so you can focus on your business.
Once the shipment has been cleared by the designated phytosanitary inspection services and Customs, the Valentine’s roses can finally continue their journey to you. That’s another happy ever after!
Do you need support importing flowers?
Are you looking for a Customs agent with the expertise to provide a solution for all products? Contact us today! We are happy to provide you with certainty in all your Customs matters.
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