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EU Exit Guidance

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. However a responsible government is continuing to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality. It is the responsible thing to do.

Our plant health biosecurity arrangements protect the environment from pests and diseases and we will continue to protect the nation’s plant health biosecurity during and after our exit from the EU. Our work to prepare for EU Exit will ensure that biosecurity standards will continue to be met in ways that support trade and the smooth flow of goods.  

Businesses and individuals that trade in plants and plant products with countries both within and outside the EU will be affected if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal. This includes trade in products that are currently managed under the EU plant passport regime or that are subject to third country controls under current EU rules. It also includes movement of wood packaging material between the UK and the EU.

You can find out more detail about these changes and how they might impact your business on our GOV.UK.

To help you determine what action you may need to take to prepare for a potential ‘no deal’, we have prepared the following additional guidance.

Stakeholder packs

The following packs break down our guidance into simple steps, providing additional explanation and detail:

 UK Stakeholder   EU Stakeholder Pack
UK Stakeholder Pack
EU Stakeholder Pack


Our flow diagrams will help you to determine which changes will impact you and who to contact for more information:

Process Flowchart   Process Flowcart FC
Plants flow diagram
Timber flow diagram

Specific scenarios have been developed which apply to the changes and demonstrate how they will work on day 1:  

Plants and Plant Products Page Header5   Wood Timber Page Header2
APHA Scenarios
FC Scenarios


If you have questions about any of the material on this page, you can get in touch with us be emailing: quote 'plant imports and exports' in your email subject line.