International Shipping

Buyers must know and understand the import regulations for their countries. The International Carnivorous Plant Society relies on its members to inform the society of country-specific regulations so we can help keep members in each country informed. Members are encouraged to contact the ICPS Store manager with country-specific import requirements so this page can be kept up-to-date.


The International Carnivorous Plant Society cannot ship CITES listed seeds internationally. The process to get CITES export permits can take 9 months and is beyond the scope of what we can do for general seed orders. CITES import permits would also be required for the importing country. The species this affects are:

Nepenthes khasiana
Nepenthes rajah
Pinguicula ionantha
Sarracenia alabamensis
Sarracenia jonesii
Sarracenia oreophila

Phytosanitary Certificates

Many countries require that phytosanitary certificates be included with seed imports. The ICPS can procure phytosanitary certificates for an order. The cost is about US$50 for each shipment. Based on reports from members:

Taiwan requires the importer to pay for an phytosanitary inspection before release by customs unless a phytosanitary certificate is included with the shipment.

Some countries prohibit the import of certain species.

Australia has a list of accepted species at Quarantine Proclamation 1998. Also see Supplying Plants and Seeds to Customers in Australia and a snapshot of the Australia Permitted Seeds list as of June 2014. The permitted seeds list may change so it is best to check the official list on the Australian government web site.

New Zealand has a list of regulations and accepted species at Importing Seeds for sowing and Biosecurity Index. Please read the regulations and check the list of species. Contact your Plant Imports Team, Ministry for Primary Industries if you have any questions.


Invasive Species

As a general principle, the International Carnivorous Plant Society does not want to contribute to the spread of invasive species.

Carnivorous plants seeds we do not sell because they are too weedy or invasive if they escape your control:

Utricularia subulata

Plants that should not be planted in such a way as they could escape your control and may be illegal to import:

Ibicella lutea (not carnivorous)
Proboscidea louisianica
(not carnivorous)
Proboscidea parviflora
(not carnivorous)


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