Direct Entry into TRACES NT – EU Exports
Update on how phytosanitary information required to facilitate the export of regulated plants and plant products will be provided to the EU.
The EU COVID easements, which allow for scanned copies of Phytosanitary Certificates (PCs) to accompany consignments of regulated plants and plant products to the EU, ended on 31 August. This means that any consignment arriving in the EU can now have the information submitted electronically through the EU’s TRACES NT platform
From 1 September, Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is submitting the information electronically based upon the export application submitted by exporters in England and Wales. This will help to maintain the flow of goods and will provide almost instantaneous secure transmission of data, allowing importers in the EU time to submit pre-notifications in advance of the goods’ arrival.
For exporters there is no need to change any of your current processes, other than to ensure that the information included in export applications is submitted correctly. However, to enter your PC directly into TRACES NT, we do require the details of the person responsible for the consignment (e.g. customs clearing agent) in the destination country. Please find the pro-forma for this here.
Further information on the process is available below as well as some frequently asked questions.