I have a large nepenthes I've been growing in Europe, and I've had it with me for a few years. In 2 years, I will be moving back to the US. How would I go about bringing my nepenthes back with me via airplane or shipping? If so, what needs to be done legally to assure it would get past customs? Also, are there any proper packaging or handling procedures recommended?
The APHIS site is unfortunately quite difficult to find appropriate information on. People are always confused about what they need to do. In any case, while normally you wouldn't need a permit for a single plant, the genus Nepenthes is listed under CITES appendix II, which we think requires a permit (it's never clear, thanks APHIS.) You will also need a phytosanitary certificate with a CITES statement (basically certifying that the plant is cultivated rather than wild-collected.)
CITES app II always demands a permit for plant and plant materials that are not in TC with the exception of seeds when shipping from one CITES zone (like the EU) to another. CITES does not make a difference between cultivated and wild collected material regarding this (other regulations do). I didn't go into CITES because that would have applied any way when leaving our glorious Union (at least when it rids you of CITES paperwork ) Besides the permits I think there are specialist companies that ship plants and can arange fot the certificate and a quarentaine period in the US applies too I think. I would contact APHIS to get the actual details, migth take time but i can save your plant.