Listing Policy: Plant Products, Plants, and Seeds

 Plants & Seeds Policy

Regulations are put on living plants and seeds due to the chance of spreading diseases and pests from one locale where they are to another where they are not.  Most plants and seeds may be listed for market on the MarketStop MarketPlace.  The typical stipulation is that the plant being sold must not be prohibited by law in the location where they will be shipped after purchase.  There are some other stipulations that are outlined below.  Do your research and be sure that there are no regulations tied with the plants/seeds you are selling and the location you are selling from and shipping to.

 Permitted Listings Model

  • Any plant products, plants, cuttings, or seeds that do not meet any of the prohibition guidelines
  • Where importation is regarded, plant products, plants, cuttings, or seeds that do not violate requirements
  • Flora from non-endangered or non-threatened species may generally be sold on MarketStop if it does not violate laws or our plants and seeds policy
  • Artificially propagated plants

 Conditional Allowances Model

  • International trade in specimens of Appendix II can only be authorized if an export permit or re-export certificate is granted by the proper agency.  This certificate must be presented to MarketStop before any sales may take place  (These items include rosewood, sandalwood, some corals, almost all cacti and orchids)
  • Please view and research the following website pages from the USDA to determine if what you would like to sell or buy is restricted or prohibited in your area
    • USDA Plants for Planting Manual.  Contains guidelines for importing articles of plants and vegetative parts that are for or capable of propagation, including buds, bulbs, corms, cuttings, layers, pollen, scions, seeds, tissue, tubers, and like structures.  Please check this manual before purchasing propagative material from a vendor located outside the United States
    • USDA Save Our Citrus Website.   Offers practical guidance for the safe and legal movement of citrus plants, cuttings, and plant products.  The site also provides an overview of current quarantines that limit the movement of citrus materials
    • National Plant Board – Regulated Noxious Weeds.  Provides information on state and federally regulated plants
  • Many state laws put limits on the duration of time after packaging or germination testing when agricultural or vegetable seeds may be sold.  If the dates of packaging and germination testing are noted on the seed packages, you must include that information in the item description

 Prohibited Listings Model

  • Any noxious plant products, plants, or seeds according to USDA guidelines
  • Plant products, plants, or seeds subject to USDA, state, or local quarantines (e.g., citrus canker, blueberry scorch virus, or Washington State grape virus quarantines)
  • Plant products, plants, or seeds that are stolen, possessed, shipped, or sold in violation of the Lacey Act
  • Illegal or prohibited plants, plant products, or seeds (e.g., poppy, cannabis, coca, peyote, khat, etc.)
  • Dangerous or fatal plant products, plants, or seeds  (e.g., deadly nightshade, water hemlock, pong pong seeds, white snakeroot, castor bean, rosary pea, oleander, tobacco, etc.)
  • Plants, plant products, or seeds that do not comply with importation requirements, which includes phytosanitary certification conducted by the NPPO (National Plant Protection Organization) and those set forth by the USDA
  • MarketStop does not allow the sale of endangered plants or animals.  The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulates the import, (re)export, sale, or transport of endangered plants and animals.  Appendices I, II and III to the Convention are lists of species allowed different levels or standards of protection from over-exploitation.
  • Species listed under Appendix I of the CITES

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