Post # 1
Hello fellow Canadian bees- I’m considering ordering flowers from a company like this one:
The only thing is that she isn’t able to ship overnight to Canada. I have a mailbox in the states (that isn’t a PO box) and I’m considering whether or not I could ship the flowers there, and be there the morning they arrive to pick them up. I’m just worried about bringing them back over the border. I understand that generally it’s just potted plants you have to worry about, because you can’t bring soil accross the border. But it would make me feel better to know that someone has done this before without issue. Obviously, running into a problem and potentially not having flowers 3 days before the wedding would be pretty terrible – EEK!
Thanks guys 🙂
Post # 2
You have to have a license to import fruit, live plants, or other materials that could harbour invasive species of some sort!
Post # 3
I’m pretty sure you can bring cut flowers over the border…I did it when I was in Seattle (who can beat the $5 bouquets from Pike Place!?) But that was just one bouquet.
This is what it says on the Canada Food Inspection website:
restrictions on coniferous foliage/green cones<br /> must not be for propagation
There may be some restrictions depending on the type of flowers and where they come from. Use the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) to confirm if a specific item is allowed.
Found here: http://inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/travellers/what-can-i-bring-into-canada-/eng/1389648337546/1389648516990
Post # 4
I have a friend who’s a CBSA officer…let me ask her 🙂
Post # 5
Call your local border and ask them.
Post # 6
I would call CBS to be sure. There are funny rules about plants.
Post # 7
Best idea would be to call the border and ask them their protocol!
Post # 8
Thanks all for the replies – I tried to use the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) system but it wasn’t working for me (didn’t have the specific type of flower) – I”ll give them a call.