The term ‘plant’ refers to a living plant or a living portion of a plant at any stage of development. This category encompasses trees and shrubs.
‘Plant product’ refers to raw or minimally processed plant products. This category contains wood and bamboo.
This guide describes what you should do if your consignments are subject to any or all plant health controls. Plant health restrictions apply to regulated items. Plants and plant products that are not regulated are not subjected to plant health controls.
Controls for plant health include the following:
- Phytosanitary certifications – documents issued in the country of origin that prove the consignment is biosecure.
- Pre-notification – you must notify the appropriate authority in advance of importing regulated plants and plant products from the E.U. to the United Kingdom.
- Examining official certifications and papers – an inspector analyses official certificates and documentation (these take place away from the border).
- Checks for identity – an inspector verifies that the contents and labelling of the items correspond to the information contained in certifications and other papers.
- Physical inspections – an inspector examines the plants’ health, the packing, mode of shipping, and labelling of the consignment and assists you with any additional tests that may be required.