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Extension of covid-19 easements

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/466, which provides for specific easements of official controls in response to the Covid 19 outbreak, is retained as part of UK law and operates to 1 February 2021. GB is making the necessary legislative changes to extend these easements to 1st July 2021. For plant health, this has the following impacts:


  • For plants and plant products imported from third countries, GB may accept electronic copies of original phytosanitary certificates from exporting counties where issuing originals is an issue. This measure is conditional on the original certificate being provided as soon as technically feasible.   


  • GB will also allow officials to carry out remote documentary checks using available technology


  • GB will consider the use of remote and virtual meetings with operators where physical meetings are not feasible.