I guess you are right, because the Chinese buyers came into Vietnam buying cheaply tons and tons of orchids as well as others plants, herbs, woods , animals etc...I have not heard of discouragement of trading between countries from those governmentsCITES, by definition, is meant to control international trade in wild-acquired endangered species. The convention itself excludes hybrids and artificially propagated species.
However, it is up to the various national authorities to apply the convention, and the extent to which that is interpreted and accomplished varies.
For example, the USFWS refused to accept the entry of artificially propagated flasks of Vietnamese species - exempt from CITES - because Vietnam had never, ever, issued CITES documentation, or maybe I should state that as did not have an established, working, CITES authority.
I suppose it depend what and where you're bringing into NZ/Oz. Ask Sam. I dont think he's had problems bring in flasks to Oz.Happy New Year everyone,
I am after some information regarding the above. i.e. do paph and phrag hybrids grown in flask come under CITES?