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Upcoming Legislation in the Autumn

Defra, Scottish and Welsh Governments are proposing to introduce legislation in October 2021 which introduces specific import requirements for

  • Prodiplosis longifila (a gall midge pest of tomatoes, cucumber, asparagus and other species)
  • Agrilus fleischeri (beetle pest of popular and willow),

following a Pest Risk Analysis and a consultation on the proposed measures for each pest (see here).

Measures have also been proposed for Thekopsora minima (rust pathogen of blueberry and other Vaccinium species) and a consultation on this approach has just been published for review.

In addition, we plan to extend the existing measures for

  • Agrilus planipennis (Emerald ash borer) to all third countries;
  • Introduce a prohibition on plants of Fraxinus (ash) from countries where A. planipennis is known to occur (plants for planting of Fraxinus are currently subject to a temporary prohibition from all countries where A. planipennis is known to occur)
  • Introduce a prohibition on the import of Polymnia sonchifolia (yacon, a tuberous vegetable) plants from entering Great Britain.

The WTO have been notified of these pest measures, (see supplementary information here), which should come into force in December 2021. Please refer to the Q&A document for more information.

Finally, we propose to establish a risk-targeted inspection system in GB, to allow for lower levels of checks of regulated plant health goods (which will apply to both EU and the rest of the world). The consultation on this approach has just been published for review. Please refer to the Q&A document for more information.

Please circulate these proposals to your members. We welcome responses to any of these proposals.