Importation of Live Flowers, Floral Arrangements and Greenery

You must apply for a Release Form to import live flowers, floral arrangements and greenery.  A Release Form communicates to H.M. Customs that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has authorized the release of the shipment directly to the importer. 

**All applications for release forms must be submitted prior to 11 a.m the day the shipment is due to arrive.

What do I need to do to import live flowers, floral arrangements and greenery?

  • Check with the Plant Protection Lab at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to make sure that the material you wish to import is approved for entry
  • Order approved material
  • Submit the Application for a Release Form to the Plant Protection Lab with the invoice for the plant material

Fees (Release Form)

·         No charge

Fees (Inspections of Plant Material upon Arrival)

·         $3 - $25 per box

Fees are updated in the Government Fees Regulations

Additional Information

All applications for release forms must be submitted prior to 11 a.m. the day the shipment is due to arrive. The Plant Protection Lab will check to ensure all documentation has been provided. Applications which are complete will be processed within half an hour (30 minutes) of receipt.  

Applications will not be processed if all the documentation is not provided (completed application for a Release Form and accompanying invoice) or the documentation is submitted after 11 am.  The application will be processed the next working day.

The original Release Form must be collected from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

H.M. Customs will release your shipment to you when you present the original Release Form to them.  The shipment must be brought directly to the Plant Protection Lab for inspection. The boxes must arrive unopened.

Once inspected and found free of pests and disease the shipment will be released to the importer.

If pests and/or diseases are detected the flowers will be subject to treatment or confiscation (and destruction), depending on the pest/disease intercepted. 

See Importing Plant Material for information on importing plants, bulbs, tubers, rhizomes and cuttings for propagation.