Information and communications regarding all plant health EU Exit matters will be published here once finalised. Alternatively for further information please email planthealth.info@daera-ni.gov.uk

EU Exit Mailshot Literature

While leaving the EU with a deal is the UK Government’s preferred option, Plant Health Directorate (PHD) as a responsible authority, is preparing plans in the event of EU exit “no deal”. These plans are designed to protect Northern Ireland’s plant biosecurity while reducing the risk of major disruption to exports and imports of plants and plant products and to support continued trade with the EU in the event of EU exit “no deal”.

PHD recently sent an information pack to all known interested businesses and individuals. This pack consisted of a cover letter explaining the actions PHD are doing to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. This letter can be accessed by the following link:

The final document included is a flow diagram providing information for businesses on importing and exporting plants and plant products in the scenario of EU exit no deal. The flow charts can be accessed from the below link:

EU Exit No Deal - questions and answers in relation to plant and plant products imports and exports

Plant Health Directorate have developed a series of frequently asked questions and answers for use when importing or exporting plants or plant products in the event of a no deal EU exit. This document can be accessed on the following link:

EU Exit No Deal – Regulated plants and plant products for  trade between the UK and the EU

Exports

In the event of EU Exit “No Deal” plants and plant products exported from the UK into the EU will have to comply with EU phytosanitary regulations for third countries. This means that a small number of plants or plant products originating, grown or harvested in the UK will be prohibited from entering the EU while many others will need to be accompanied with a phytosanitary certificate on export.

A list of plants and plant products that will require a phytosanitary certificate when exporting to the EU can be found at:

Please note this list may be updated and you should check with PHIB for the latest changes.

Imports

In the event of EU Exit “No Deal” regulated plants and plant products imported from the EU into the UK will require a phytosanitary certificate. The statements on the phytosanitary certificate will replace the biosecurity assurance and traceability provided by EU plant passports.

A list of plants and plant produce that will require a phytosanitary certificate when importing from the EU into the UK can be found at:

Please note this list may be updated and you should check with PHIB for the latest changes.

Further info surrounding imports and exports of plant and plant products as well as phytosanitary certificates can be found at:

EU Exit No Deal – Approved Places of Inspection

In the event of EU Exit “No Deal”, any business importing controlled plants and plant products into Northern Ireland from the rest of world (non-EU countries) by Roll on-Roll off shipping or by road freight transiting the EU (without checks) will be required to have their trader premises authorised as an Approved Place of Inspection (API). Plant health checks can be carried out at this final destination.

Under the terms of the agreed extension to Article 50 the UK is set to leave the EU on 31st October 2019.

PHIB recently issued a memorandum on the API application process which can be accessed here - Memorandum

The API Appliction form adn guidance notes can be accessed here:

Pre-notification for importing regulated plants and plant  products in the event of EU Exit “No Deal”

In the event of EU Exit “No Deal”, importers of regulated or controlled plants and plant products must provide pre-notification to Forest Service Plant Health for import consignments due to arrive in Northern Ireland as the first point of entry to the UK. 
 
Businesses in Northern Ireland intending to import controlled or regulated plants and plant products from the EU or from the Rest of World (RoW) (non-EU countries) must be registered as an importer with the UK Plant Health Authority with responsibility for the relevant “Point of Entry” to the UK.

PHIB recently issued a memorandum on the pre-notification process which can be accessed here - Memorandum

Further information on pre-notification can be found here:

Seed and ware potato trade with the EU in the event of an EU exit 'No Deal'

DAERA are currenlty making preparations in the event of the UK leaving the EU in a "no deal" scenario. These plans are designed to protect Northern Ireland’s crop biosecurity while reducing the risk of major disruption to exports and imports of seed and ware potatoes and to support continued trade with the EU in the event of EU exit “no deal”.

The documents linked below  provide guidance  for businesses with an interest in marketing seed, and ware potatoes in the event of a no deal EU exit.

For further information please email: planthealth.info@daera-ni.gov.uk

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