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Imports Guidance for Scottish Based Businesses

EU Exit – Imports Guidance for Scottish Based Businesses

From 1 January 2021, trading in plants and plant products from the EU will change. This guidance sets out what you need to do as a business based in Scotland.  Please note aspects of this will differ to previous advice you will have received.

There will be a 3 stage process which importers must follow from 1 January 2021:

  • From 1 January 2021: All ‘high priority’ plants and plants products must have a phytosanitary certificate and be pre-notified. These will be subject to physical and identity checks that will occur at ‘places of destination’ (PoDs).
  • From 1 January 2022: All regulated plants and plant products must have a phytosanitary certificate and some will need pre-notification. Using PoDs for physical inspections on high priority goods will no longer be permitted. These inspections will take place at authorised Border Control Posts (BCPs) in the UK.
  • From 1 March 2022: The number of physical and identity checks on regulated plant products will increase, and these checks will move to BCPs.

For EU products imported into Scotland, both direct into Scottish ports or via England, and require pre-notification, should be entered onto PEACH.  All physical inspections will be undertaken by the Scottish Government’s Horticulture and Marketing Unit (HMU) and any queries should be directed to hmupod@gov.scot.

Notification onto the PEACH system must be done within 4 working hours before arrival into the UK if arriving by air or a RoRo port, or 1 working day if arriving by a seaport. 

From 1 January 2021 

Those items on the ‘high priority’ plants and plants products list (found here) may be subject to a physical check. For these goods you can use a PoD for plant health physical inspections on EU regulated plants and products until 31 December 2021. 

If you wish to act as a PoD in Scotland for the import of EU regulated high priority goods, please complete the [registration form] and email it to hmupod@gov.scot . You will also be required to register onto the PEACH system so that you can notify the arrival of an import.

For regulated wood, wood products or bark, contact the Forestry Commission by completing the [registration form]. 

From 1 January 2022

All regulated plants and plant products will require phytosanitary certificates from the EU and those requiring notification will need to be added to PEACH. At this stage only those plants and plant products in the high-priority list will be subject to physical checks. These inspections will move from PoD’s to authorised border control posts (BCPs) in the UK.

From 1 March 2022

All products will be subject to physical inspections at a BCP.