Actually I sold packages to a old gentlemen into the states 3 or 4 springs ago. He had planned to produce honey in canada then in the fall bring the skaken beess into the states for almond pollination next february. I sold him 2 packages as a trial run. It represented 2 years of phone calls 40-50 of them between us and I do not know how many he made with the authorities to keep it all above board. So I know it can be done, just a lot of hoops.
Just read over your post Mike and the hoops outlined seem accurate as to what happened between myself , the buyer and the government (both sides of it).
Pretty tough for a queen or a package but on an order of 400 packages, well that is another kettle of fish.