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Importing plants and plant products from the EU

Importing plants and plant products from the EU


Since 1 January 2021 imports of High-priority plants and plant products from the EU must have: 

  • a phytosanitary certificate (PC) 

  • a pre-notification submitted by the importer in England, Scotland or Wales for documentary and identity checks 

  • a physical inspection at a place of destination (PoD) 

From 1 January 2022 you must use the relevant IT system to notify APHA or FC that you’re importing regulated and notifiable plants and plant products. 

From 1 July 2022 all regulated plants and plant products imported to England, Scotland or Wales from the EU must then have PCsGet a phytosanitary certificate. 

From 1 July 2022 more regulated EU plants and plant products will have identity and physical inspections and these will take place at authorised border control posts (BCPs) in GB, and inspections of high-priority plants and plant products will move from PoDs to BCPs.


Please view the documents below for the most recent import policy guidance, including multi-drop policy, Place of Destination Service Level Agreements, and frequency of checks: 


GB's phased import regime:

Place of Destination (PoD) Scheme:

Border Control Posts (BCPs) and Control Points (CPs):

Fees and charges:


Import special requirements: