Plants and Plant Products (UK from 1st Jan 2021)

‘Plant’ means a living plant (including a fungus or tree) or a living part of a plant (including a living part of a fungus or shrub), at any stage of growth.

‘Plant product’ means products of plant origin, unprocessed or having undergone simple preparation, in so far as these are not plants, including wood and bark.

Instructions are issued by DEFRA and APHA for Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) – here.

We await the instructions for Northern Ireland.

Importing plants and plant products from the EU from 1 January 2021

High-priority plants and plant products from the EU must have:

• a phytosanitary certificate (PC)

• a pre-notification submitted by the importer in England, Scotland or Wales

• documentary and identity checks

• a physical inspection

The importer will pay for these services.

High-priority plants and plant products from the EU that will need a PC from 1 January 2021 include:

• all plants for planting

• ware potatoes

• some seed and timber

• used agricultural or forestry machinery

The importer must pre-notify for imports of solid fuel wood that aren’t regulated. A PC is not required for these imports.

Importing plants and plant products from 1 April 2021

The importer must use the Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) to notify the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) or the Forestry Commission that regulated plants and plant products will be imported.

All regulated plants and plant products imported to England, Scotland or Wales from the EU must have phytosanitary certificates (PCs).

APHA will inspect the PCs in England and Wales. The Scottish Government will inspect PCs in Scotland.

Regulated plants and plant products include:

• all plants for planting

• root and tubercle vegetables

• some common fruits other than fruit preserves by deep freezing

• some cut flowers

• some seeds and grains

• leafy vegetables other than vegetables preserved by deep freezing

• potatoes from some countries

• machinery or vehicles which have been operated for agricultural or forestry purposes

Importing plants and plant products from 1 July 2021

Regulated plants and plant products will have extra documentary checks and physical inspections.

The importer must use IPAFFS to notify APHA or the Forestry Commission of the import of regulated plants and plant products.

Movement of wood packaging material

Wood packaging material (WPM) moving between the UK and the rest of the EU can currently move freely without checks or controls.

WPM includes:

• pallets

• crates

• boxes

• cable drums

• spools

• dunnage

From 1 January 2021 all WPM moving between the UK and the EU must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking. All WPM may be subject to official checks either upon or after entry to the EU.

Checks on WPM will continue to be carried out in the UK on a risk-targeted basis only. The plant health risk from WPM imported from the EU is not expected to change from 1 January 2021.

The above is not a full list, please read the entire webpage with its links – here.

Plants and Plant Products Import from UK (Ireland Brexit)

Exit day is 12th April (this Friday) – exit time is 12.00 CET (midnight)

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the UK will become a third country.

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) will play a key role in implementing and enforcing EU law in this instance. This will include performing the necessary checks and controls and processing the necessary authorisations and licences when importing from the UK.

DAFM is now giving greater priority to preparations for the UK being a Third Country. I posted yesterday about its instructions for traders dealing with the UK for animal products.

DAFM is now calling for all traders involved in the import and export of plants and plant products with the UK (timber, potted plants in retail outlets etc) to register with the DAFM as soon as possible.

Instructions are here.

Applicants are required to complete forms and return these forms to the Horticulture & Plant Health Division of the DAFM.

On completion of the registration process, an importer will be notified of their unique Plant-Health Registration Number (PHR No.). This unique Plant Health Number will be required to be referenced by an importer in all applications for importation of plants and plant products.

The above Instructions link gives access to a number of different instructions and a useful Q&A – for example –

Q: I am working for a retail multiple and we import a number of consignments of plants per week into Ireland from the UK.  Do I need to get a phytosanitary certificate from each of my suppliers of plants in the UK?, or will one phytosanitary certificate cover the entire consignment?

A: It is the NPPO (National Plant Protection Organisation) of UK who issue phytosanitary certificates for consignments of plants and plant products for export to countries outside their jurisdiction.  Consignments of plants and plant products travelling from third countries are typically accompanied by one phytosanitary certificate that covers the entire consignment.  However, it is up to the UK authorities to decide how many phytosanitary certificates they issue.  Please note that in situations where we receive multiple phytosanitary certificates for a consignment, that it will result in processing delays.

Q: Do I have customs obligations when importing plants and plant products from the UK? If so, where do I find out what I need to do?

A: Yes, when importing plants and plant products from the UK you will have certain obligations to fulfil from a customs perspective.  Please click here for more details.

Q: I am a non-commercial importer and I wish to bring cut flowers home from a third country (non-EU) what do I need to do?

A: There are many thousands of species of cut flowers, some are regulated others are not, so it’s not possible to tell you until we know the specific details.  Please submit your query via email to plantandpests@agriculture.gov.ie

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