I'm a bit confused. If I understand our custom's law correctly in the U.S. It wouldn't be practical to ship individual trees to the U.S.
Greg is this the same one that you recieved a tree from recently?All I can say is that I can vouch for this vendor. It is up to you to research customs, etc, and figure out what works and what doesn't for your country/market. I have been very satisfied with my dealings with them. If you are interested, I would drop them an email - I would guess that customs around the world are almost as complicated as tax laws, and they seem to be applied rather arbitrarily. I have to admit that I can't figure them out for the U.S. There are national customs laws, and state customs laws, and even regional customs laws.
The problem with that document is that it isn't very clear and doesn't really pertain to the current state of the USDA. With the import restricitons of all trees going from Japan to Europe it won't be long before we adopt that as well and all trees will stop coming in.A search on bonsai US Import turned up this document:
It contains the outline of a number of ways to import plants, including bonsai. Specifics aren't really mentioned, but it does say because of past instances of bonsai as vectors for insect (Asian Longhorned beetle in particular) importation requirements have gotten more stringent for bonsai..
It does mention some permits, most notably a phytosanitary certificate from the plant's country of origin. It says plants with that documentation can be shipped directly to a qualified facility in the US. It also says you can apply to bring up to 12 bare rooted plants into the country with your baggage..
There is always a loop hole here.....I suspect heavily agricultural states like Cal. and Fla. and Mexican border states like Ariz. might have additional rules and practices on what can be brought in.