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Old 10-24-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
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returning to the USA with a plant on board

I have a banana tree on board my trawler and am headed to the Bahamas next month. The tree was purchased in the USA and I have the health cert and receipt. I can see the form I need to fill out to get it into the Bahamas but what do I need to do to get it back into the USA when I return?

Has anyone dealt with this before? Or am I just overreacting? I hate to have US customs tell me to throw it overboard.

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Old 11-02-2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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It is not only the plant, but all the bugs and reptiles that are on it. The standard customs form says check box if any plants on board. Why tempt a total boat search.

Besides, bananas are not an Art DeFever design. Chuck it for the esthetics alone!
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