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Plant and Seed Products

Important: If you supply products for sale on Amazon, you must comply with all federal, state, and local laws and Amazon policies applicable to those products and product listings.

Our policy: You must comply with all applicable federal laws when selling plant and seed products. You must also comply with state and local laws applicable to the jurisdiction into which your products are sold as well as the jurisdiction from which you ship. For example, many state laws have shipping label requirements when shipping a live plant. In addition, you are responsible for obtaining any required licenses and permits and are liable for any penalties resulting from non-compliance. Sellers using Fulfillment by Amazon, please also see FBA Prohibited Products for additional product restrictions.

The following examples of permitted and prohibited listings are not exhaustive, but should be instructive in evaluating products for listing and sale.

Shipping and Labeling Requirements

Each shipment of plants, plant products, or seeds must have: (1) the name and address of the shipper or owner; (2) the name of the person to whom the shipment is being sent; (3) the name of the country, state, or territory where the contents were grown; and (4) a statement of the contents. State and local governments may have additional requirements for both interstate and intrastate shipment and labeling of certain plants, plant products, and seeds.

Importation Requirements

All plants, plant products, and seeds that are imported from outside of the United States must meet all importation requirements, including all phytosanitary certificate and U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) import permit requirements.

Christmas Trees & Christmas Greenery

Approval from Amazon is required to sell live or fresh-cut Christmas Trees and greenery, such as Christmas wreaths and garlands. As per Amazon policy, only certified vendors are eligible to list live or fresh-cut Christmas trees and greenery on

Examples of Permitted Listings

Plants, plant products, and seeds that are:

  • not prohibited by the USDA or applicable state or local government quarantines;
  • sold by licensed vendors and sellers;
  • in compliance with importation requirements; and,
  • in compliance with all other legal, regulatory, and licensing requirements.

Examples of Prohibited Listings

Plants, plant products, and seeds that are:

  • designated by the USDA as “noxious” or similarly classified by applicable state or local government authorities;
  • subject to federal, state, or local government quarantines (such as the USDA’s citrus canker quarantine or the Washington State grape virus quarantine);
  • taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of the Lacey Act;
  • Dangerous or fatal when touched or consumed (such as the pong pong seed);
  • Not complying with importation requirements; and,
  • Not in compliance with all other legal, regulatory, and licensing requirements.

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Last Updated: 11/20/2019

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