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Plant Health Exports Audited Trader Scheme (PHEATS)

Who is eligible for PHEATS?

Exporters of fresh produce and/or cut flowers who send goods to the EU and Northern Ireland (excluding ware potatoes and member states where these goods are prohibited)

What are the benefit of PHEATS?

  • PHEATS enables you to keep your products moving, helping with just in time logistics
  • You as the trader are able to undertake your own export inspections, moving goods onwards as soon as you are ready
  • There is no need to wait for Plant Health and Seed Inspector to visit and undertake checks
  • As a PHEATS member you can apply for phytosanitary certificates (PCs) online (APHA will email a scanned copy of the original PC to you and the original hard copy will arrive via 1st class mail).

What do I need to do?

First, you'll need to apply for the export service online using the Plant Health Exports Audited Trader Scheme (PHEATS) application form. You'll then need to identify/nominate both of these people.

1) Person(s) Responsible (PR): They will be responsible for the overall management of the scheme and act as a point of contact for any questions and further information that will be required.

2) Authorised Person(s): They will be the person(s) on site who are authorised to conduct the official export inspections

You will also need to create, implement and monitor an approved "Biosecurity Control Management Plant" (BCMP). Ac check list of everything to include in your BCMP can be found in Appendix 1 of the PHEATS User Guide.

More information on PHEATS can be found on the PHEATS homepage.