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EU goods requiring a PC and pre-notification in 2021 and 2022

The Government has decided to delay the remaining import controls on EU goods; these will not be introduced from July 2022. The below guidance is being reviewed. To find out more please click hereA Q&A is also available here.

EU goods requiring a PC and pre-notification in 2021 and 2022 

 

Plant health controls on plants and plant products imported from the EU, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, have been introduced in stages from 1 January 2021. 

Since 1 January 2021, only high-priority plants and plant products have required pre-notification and a phytosanitary certificate (PC) when being imported from the EU, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.

Since 1 January 2022 notifiable produce and cut flowers from the EU (excluding Ireland), Liechtenstein and Switzerland, require pre-notification but not a PC. From 1 July 2022 all plants, plant products and other objects , other than those goods listed as de-regulated must also be accompanied by a PC 

This guidance provides information on which plants, plant products and other regulated objects from the EU (excluding Ireland), Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, which will require a PC and pre-notification for import to GB in 2021 and 2022.  

 

Since 1 January 2021: 

Since 1 January 2022: 

  • All high-priority plants and plant products continue to require pre-notification and to be accompanied by a PC, with import checks taking place at PoDs 

  • All notifiable produce and cut flowers from the EU (excluding Ireland), Liechtenstein and Switzerland, require pre-notification but not a PC. 

From 1 July 2022: 

  • Import checks of high-priority plants and plant products move from PoDs to BCPs or CPs. 

 

Webinar and Q&A

Defra Plant Health hosted a stakeholder webinar in November, to talk through the new import requirements being phased in since 1 January and from 1 July 2022.

A recording of the webinar and Q&A is available here.

 

Watch our new imports animation to help explain how to import plants and plant products from 1 January 2022: 

Pre notification requirements from 1 Jan 2022  

 

Which IT System?

 

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  • If you are currently using PEACH to pre-notify imports of plants and plant products, you should continue using that system from 1 Jan 2022. You will be directed to transfer from PEACH to the IPAFFS service during 2022. 
  • If you are new to making pre-notifications and not currently registered on PEACH, you should register for and use IPAFFS to complete your pre-notifications of ‘regulated and notifiable’ goods from 1 Jan 2022. 
  • Traders who are currently using IPAFFS as part of our early adopter phase will continue to use IPAFFS for existing goods in scope plus those requiring pre-notification from 1 Jan 2022. 
  • From 23 December 2021, IPAFFS will accept notifications of EU goods newly requiring pre-notification from 1 Jan 2022. 
  • Whether notifying through PEACH or IPAFFS, the notification journey is the same as that which applies now to imports of regulated plants and plant products from non-EU countries and high-priority plants from the EU. There is no simplified notification route as there is temporarily for animal products. 

 

How will non-EU goods that pass through the EU be treated when imported to GB?

 

  • Until 1 July 2022: Plants and plant products from non-EU countries, which enter into customs ‘free circulation’ in the EU before travelling on to GB, will be treated by GB as if they are an EU import for plant health purposes.
  • Plants and plant products imported from non-EU countries to GB via the EU (or any other third country) under transit arrangements such as the Common Transit Convention (CTC), will be treated as if they are direct imports from the third country of origin, and will require a phytosanitary certificate and pre-notification as necessary.
  • The origin of the goods declared on PEACH or IPAFFS should follow the same logic.

 

 

Check to see what the importing requirements are for the regulated product that you are importing. 

From January 2021

High Priority goods all require pre-notification and to be accompanied by a PC:

List of High-Priority Plants since 1 January 2021 

Category 

Legal requirement 

Common name(s) 

Machinery and vehicles 

Machinery and vehicles which have been operated for agricultural or forestry purposes 

Agricultural machinery and vehicles 

Plants for planting 

Plants for planting, other than seeds 

All plants for planting 

Potatoes 

Tubers of Solanum tuberosum L. intended for planting 

Seed potatoes 

Potatoes 

Tubers of Solanum tuberosum L. 

Ware potatoes 

Seed intended for sowing 

Seeds of Castanea 

Chestnut seed 

Seed intended for sowing 

Seeds of Capsicum spp. L., Solanum lycopersicum L., 

Chilli and tomato seed 

Seed intended for sowing 

Seeds of Solanum tuberosum L. 

Potato seed 

Seed intended for sowing 

Seed of Helianthus annuus L., Medicago sativa L., Allium cepa L., Allium porrum L., Phaseolus cocineus., Phaseolus vulgaris L. 

Sunflower seed; Alfalfa seed; Onion seed, Leek seed; Runner bean seed; French bean seed 

Seed intended for sowing 

Vegetable seeds of Pisum sativum L. and Vicia faba L. 

Green pea seed; broad bean seed 

Seed intended for sowing 

Seeds of oil and fibre plants of Brassica napus L. Brassica rapa L., Sinapis alba L. 

Rapeseed; White mustard seed 

Seed intended for sowing 

Seeds of oil and fibre plants of Glycine max (L.) Merrill and Linum usitatissimum L. 

Soybean seed; flax seed or linseed 

Plant parts 

Cut trees/branches of Conifers (Pinales) over 3m 

Conifer cut trees/branches 

Bark 

Isolated bark of Castanea 

Chestnut bark 

Bark 

Isolated bark of Conifers (Pinales) 

Conifer bark 

Bark 

Isolated bark of Fraxinus L., Juglans ailantifolia Carr., Juglans mandshurica Maxim., Ulmus davidiana Planch. and Pterocarya rhoifolia            

Bark of ash, Japanese and Manchurian walnut, David elm and Japanese wingnut. 

Wood 

Wood of Platanus L., including wood which has not kept its natural round surface 

Plane wood 

Wood 

Wood of Castanea Mill., excluding wood which is bark-free 

Chestnut wood, aside from bark free chestnut wood 

Wood 

Wood of Conifers (Pinales), excluding wood which is bark-free 

Conifer wood, aside from bark free conifer wood 

Wood  

Wood of Conifers (Pinales), including wood which has not kept its natural round surface 

Conifer wood 

Wood  

Wood of Prunus L. including wood which has not kept its natural round surface with the exception of Prunus laurocerasus L.  

Wood of Plum, Peach, Nectarine, Apricot etc. 

  

Does not include wood of English laurel 

Wood  

Wood of Acer L., Aesculus L., Alnus L., Betula L., Carpinus L., Cercidiphyllum Siebold & Zucc., Corylus L., Fagus L., Fraxinus L., Koelreuteria Medikus., Platanus L., Populus L., Salix L., Tilia L. and Ulmus L., including wood which has not kept its natural round surface 

Wood of Maple; Horse Chestnut; Alder; Birch; Hornbeam; Katsura; Hazel; Beech; Ash; Golden-rain; Plane; Poplar; Willow; Lime; Elm    

Wood 

Wood of Fraxinus L., Juglans ailantifolia Carr., Juglans mandshurica Maxim., Ulmus davidiana Planch. and Pterocarya rhoifolia 

Wood of ash, Japanese and Manchurian walnut, David elm and Japanese wingnut. 

  

 

 

From 1 January 2022 

In addition to the requirements for high-priority plants, plant products and other objects, which remain in place, you must also, since 1 January pre-notify for the following goods. A phytosanitary certificate is not required for these goods until July 22. 

For reference, this guidance is divided into different commodity groups: 

Common name 

Legislative term 

When do I need to pre-notify? 

When do I need a PC? 

 All root and tubercle vegetables, such as:
  • Chicory roots 
  • Horseradish 
  • Beetroot 
  • Radish
  • Swede
  • Marioc 
  • Carrot 
  • Salisfy Veg  
  • Ginger 
  • Sweet Potatoes 
  • Sugar beet 
  • Yams 
  • Taro  
  • Yautia 
  • Arrowroot 
  • Tumeric 

Root and tubercle vegetables 

Now 

 

Jul 22 

Leafy Vegetables: 

  • Celery/Celeriac 
  • Basil 
  • Eryngium 
  • Limnophila 

Leafy vegetables of Apium graveolens L. Ocimum L. Eryngium and Limnophila 

Now 

1 Jul 22 

Leaves of: 

  • Manihot  

Manihot esculenta 

Now 

1 Jul 22 

  • Bitter Melon 

Solanaceous fruits (all fruit in the tomato family) such as: 

  • Tomatoes
  • Aubergine 
  • Peppers 
  • Chillies 

Momordica L. and Solanaceae Juss 

 

Now 

 

1 Jul 22 

 

  • Papaya 
  • Quince 
  • Strawberry 
  • Apple  
  • Avocado
  • Pears 

 Prunus fruits such as: 

  • Cherry 
  • Plum
  • Peach 
  • Apricot 

 Ribes fruit such as:

  • Gooseberry 
  • Blackcurrant 
  • Redcurrant 

 Rubus fruit such as: 

  • Raspberry 
  • Blackberry 
  • Jambolan  (Rose apple) 
  • Cranberry  
  • Blueberry 
  • Grapes 

 

Carica papaya L., Cydonia Mill., Fragaria L., Malus Mill..Persea   americana Mill., Prunus L., Pyrus L., Ribes L., Rubus L., Syzygium Gaertn.,   Vaccinium L. and Vitis L 

 

 

Now 

1 Jul 22 

 

Cut Flowers of: 

Common name 

Legislative term 

When do I need to pre-notify? 

When do I need a PC? 

  • Chrysanthemum 
  • Carnation 
  • Babys Breath 
  • Date Palm 
  • Aarons Rod/Golden Rod 
  • Orchids 

Dendranthema (DC.) Des Moul., Dianthus L., Gypsophila   L.,  Phoenix spp. L, Solidago L and Orchidaceae 

Now 

1 Jul 22 

 

Parts of plants, other than fruits and seeds of: 

Parts of plants for decoration or culinary purposes and vegetables (excluding fruits and seeds). 

Common name 

Legislative term 

When do I need to pre-notify? 

When do I need to a PC? 

  • Tomato 
  • Aubergine 
  • Maize 
  • Conifer 
  • Sweet Chestnut 
  • Chrysanthemum 
  • Carnation 
  • Babys Breath 
  • Geranium  
  • Date Palm 
  • Poplar/Aspen 
  • Oak 
  • Aarons Rod/Golden Rod 
  • Birch 

Solanum lycopersicum L., Solanum melongena L., Zea Mays, Conifer (Pinales), Betula L. Castanea Mill., Cryptocoryne spHygrophila sp. Vallisneria, Dendranthema (DC.) Des Moul., Dianthus L., Gypsophila   L., Pelargonium l’Herit. ex Ait, Phoenix spp. L, Populus L., Quercus L.Solidago and Betula L. 

Now 

1 Jul 22 

  • Cryptocoryne 
  • Hygrophila 
  • Vallisneria 

Cryptocoryne  

Hygrophila 

Vallisneria 

Now 

 

1 Jul 22 

 

 

 

Seeds for planting of: 

Common name 

Legislative term 

When do I need to pre-notify? 

When do I need a PC? 

  • Cryptocoryne 
  • Hygrophila 
  • Vallisneria 
  • Maize 
Prunus seeds such as: 
  • Cherry 
  • Plum 
  • Peach 
  • Apricot 
 Rubus seed such as: 
  • Raspberry 
  • Blackberry 

 CryptocoryneHygrophila, Vallisneria, Zea Mays, Prunus and Rubus  

Now 

Jul 22  

 

Isolated bark, of: 

Common name 

 

Legislative term 

When do I need to pre-notify? 

When do I need a PC? 

  • Sugar maple  
  • Ash
  • Poplar  
  • Oak  
  • Japanese  Elm 

Acer saccharum Marsh, Fraxinus L., Populus L. Quercus L. other than Quercus suber L and Ulmus davidiana 

Now 

Jul 22 

 

From 1 July 2022

All plants and plant products not listed in the above January 2021 and January 2022 changes will require pre-notification (apart from those listed as de-regulated), but only if instructed to do so upon submitting a Customs import declaration. (Article 73 goods)

All plants and plant products (apart from those listed as de-regulated) must be accompanied by a PC and will be subject to risk-based identity and physical checks at BCPs or CPs . 

Import checks of high-priority plants and plant products move from PoDs to BCPs or CPs. 

More information on Article 73 goods can be found here.