The GB Plant Health Service have introduced legislation (link here) that has the below changes. Risk assessments are a dynamic process, so all commodities remain under continuous review.
From 17 November 2023, low-risk fruit and vegetables from the EU, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein will no longer require pre-notification (see more details and a Q&A here).
In addition, from 24 November 2023, certain pest and trade-facilitating legislative changes will come into force. The changes include:
- Deregulating certain Quarantine Pests
- Regulating certain viroid’s of tomato and/or pepper
- Incorporating the existing derogations of ash wood from Canada and the USA, and certain conifer species of bonsai trees from Japan, into legislation.
From 2 May 2024, the remaining proposed changes will come into force. This includes:
- Listing certain pests, on the basis of a preliminary assessment, as provisional quarantine pests.
- Expanding import requirements to cover plants for planting of potato
- Integrating the current arrangement for ToBRFV testing requirements for seeds into legislation
- Extending a specific import requirement to include EU Member states, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, treating all countries equally.
Please see the Q&A document for more information on these pest measures.