Whether you only have a few or dozens of house plans, moving with your house plans may not always be possible. Generally speaking, if you are moving internationally, the transportation of plants across national boarders is often severally restricted or altogether prohibited. The restrictions on the transportation and importation of plants are in place to limit the possibility of the introduction of pests or diseases that could have devastating effects on a countries eco system or agricultural sector. In addition, the inclusion of plants or plant cuttings in your international household goods shipment could result in substantial fines and delays in the clearance of your shipment. DO NOT INCLUDE PLANTS in your international household goods shipment, but rather donate them to friends and family.
If you are moving domestically and wish to take your plants to your new home, you still need to be aware of state and federal regulations that govern the movement of plants across state boarders. Some states require that state-of origin certificates are provided or that plants be quarantined to assure that they are not harboring destructive pests.
Furthermore, you should also check with your carrier to inform him that you are planning on including house plants in your shipment. This way, the carrier is aware of your intentions and you avoid possible complications later on. In addition, it gives the carrier opportunity to provide you with their individual policies concerning the transportation of house plants.
According to federal regulations, household goods carriers are permitted to transport house plants if:
The shipment in which the plants are included does not travel more than 150 miles and/or is delivered and unloaded within 24 hours of the loading time.
The shipment does not require storage.
The plants do not require preliminary or en route servicing such as watering and/or special care.
You may also find more information at the US Department of Agriculture, which can be fund at
You may also download a brochure on preparing outdoor furnishings and equipment for transportation. A brochure called “Don’t Move the Gypsy Moth” gives a number of pointers on what to look for before backing outdoor furnishings. A PDF. Version of the brochure may be found at
or you may check this link for a text version of the brochure: