Import and export of plants after 1 January 2021

Questions and answers about the import and export of plants after the 1 January 2021.

Will I be able to continue to move seed potatoes from GB from 1 January 2021?

The implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, at the end of the Transition Period, will mean that regulated goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will be subject to rules on EU Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and marketing of certain propagating material and seeds which currently apply to third countries.

Consequently you will not be able to move seed potatoes from GB to NI.

Defra has formally submitted a UK application to the EU for third country listing of equivalence which, if granted, would facilitate continued trade in these products, whilst minimising market and business impacts. UK Government supported by DAERA is continuing to engage with the EU and technical committees on the controls required for GB goods moving within the UK internal market, including to NI.

From 1 January 2021 what changes should I be aware of regarding importing and exporting tea from the EU and Rest of the World? 

  1. Tea purchased within the EU or from the rest of the World will be traded as currently
  2. Only green tea leaves fresh, whole that are not cut and not fermented will require phytosanitary certification if imported from outside the EU.  You can find more information about certification requirements here.

From 1 January 2021 if I sell seed compost, Magnesium Limestone, Perlite, Horticultural grit to GB and EU countries what changes?  

There will be no changes to the current regulatory requirements.

From 1 January 2021 if I am bringing plants in from GB to Northern Ireland what do I need to do?

Anyone intending to move regulated plants or plant products from GB to NI, from 1 January 2021, must ensure they are registered with DAERA Forest Service Plant Health.

Regulated plants and plant products moving from GB to NI will require to be pre-notified to DAERA Forest Service Plant Health using the online system TRACES NT. A Common Health Entry Document for Plant Products (CHED PP) must be completed on TRACES NT by the person responsible for the consignment.

Regulated Plants and Plant products moving from GB to NI will require a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) issued by the GB competent authority. The original PC must accompany the consignment with a scanned copy of the PC attached to the CHED PP on TRACES NT.

Check if an additional declaration is required for high risk material.

Familiarise yourself with EU Plant Health legislation requirements for prohibited and restricted goods.

From 1 January 2021 if I am bringing plants in from EU countries via GB in transit what do I need to do?

You should seek advice from HMRC in respect of customs transit, for example, the Common Transit Convention (CTC). Where plants move EU–GB-NI under customs transit, provided customs transit has not been broken, and goods have not been declared as an import to GB, it is anticipated that there will be no change to existing Plant Health regulatory requirement for regulated plants and plant products moving EU to NI, but this is subject to ongoing negotiations.

From 1 January 2021 if I am bringing plants in from EU Countries via Dublin port what changes?

Import requirements for Plants at Dublin Port is the responsibility of DAFM, however, where such imports are destined for NI there should be no change to the current regulatory requirements.

From 1 January 2021 if I am bringing plants in from EU countries via Belfast port or airport direct what changes?

There will be no changes to the current regulatory requirements for importing plants from EU Member States to NI.

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