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Imports Prioritisation


Table 1 below outlines the prioritisation of high priority plants inspections at Place of Destination for 01 January – 30 June 2021.

Importers should note the following points:

• When faced with a consignment of mixed species/types of plants, inspectors will focus on those of highest priority.

• The larger the number of high priority plants included in a consignment, the more intensive the inspection is likely to be.

• The default inspection level is 100%, but if the consignment includes only finished plants/bulbs, then a 10% rate would apply, and likewise a reduced frequency would apply for certain other commodities, as indicated in the table.

• When organising their day, inspectors will prioritise those consignments they know include higher priority plants.

• There are contingency arrangements built-in to cater for circumstances where inspectors cannot meet their targets, which involve releasing consignments after 4 working hours and/or following up plants at a later stage. For further information on Service Level Agreements at Place of Destination please refer to the guidance on the Plant Health Portal.


Table 1:


 Priority 1

Host species /

pest of interest

Action within 4h

/ Inspection level

Plants for planting Main Xylella hosts.

Olea europaea, Prunus dulcis, Nerium oleander, Rosmarinus officinalis,

Polygala myrtifolia, Lavandula, Coffea sp. & species of.

100% with Finished plants to be inspected first then for growing on.

Plants for planting


100% with Finished plants to be inspected first then for growing on.

Priority 2


Plants for planting

Bemisia tabaci (Bt) hosts:

Euphorbia pulcherrima,

Nerium oleander, Begonia, Ajuga, Crossandra, Dipladenia, Ficus, Hibiscus,

Mandevilla & species of.

100% for propagating material

10% for finished plants

Acer palmatum


Bonsai – originating from Japan, China or Korea.


Castanea sativa, Quercus, Ulmus, Pinus, Prunus, Palmae, Abies, Larix, Fraxinus, Picea species of.


Seed potatoes & true potato seed.

100% including latent sampling.

Ware potatoes from Spanish & Portuguese


100% for Spanish

50 % for Portuguese

Priority 3

Other plants for planting

Aquatics originating outside EU

100% if for propagation 10% for finished plants.


Not covered in any other category above.

100% if for propagation 10% for finished plants.

Ware potatoes

Poland & Romania

50% including latent sampling


Solanum lycopersicum, Helianthus annuus, Medicago sativa, Allium cepa, Allium porrum, Phaseolus cocineus, Phaseolus vulgaris, Pisum sativum, Vicia faba, Brassica napus, Brassica rapa, Sinapis alba, Glycine max & Linum usitatissimum, Castanea sativa and, Capsicum sp.

100% if for propagation & 5% if for end use plants.

Used agricultural, forestry machinery / vehicles

Soil or plant material which may contain Plane wilt fungus (Ceratocystis platani).

5% focused on imports from France, Greece, Italy, Switzerland where plane wilt is known to be present.