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Update on Fees for Plant Health Services in England and Wales during 2021 / 2022

Please note, the information below is for illustrative purposes only and is applicable to fees for Plant Health Services delivered in England and Wales.

Fees for 2021/2022

Defra and APHA have recently completed the annual refresh of fees. The cost base has remained stable across plant health services. In 2019/20, we continued to look for efficiencies and as a result the cost base was £5.796m, an increase of only 0.5% on the 2018/19 cost base of £5.768m.

Given this stability on the cost base, APHA and Defra have decided not to amend the existing fees until October 2022.

From 1st January 2021

As you are aware, the EU will become a third country on 1st January 2021.

Exports

Exports to the EU will need to meet EU third country (I.e. non-EU member state) import requirements to export regulated plants and plant products to the EU from 1 January 2021. Plant passporting will no longer apply to movements to and from the EU; if a commodity is subject to EU third country controls, after the end of the Transition Period, you will need to follow the current process used by businesses wishing to export controlled commodities to third countries (countries outside the European Union).

A UK plant passporting system will still apply to the movement of plants and plant products which are currently passported for internal movement within Great Britain.

These services are subject to fees and charges. Details of the fees applicable can be found here.

Imports

Plants, plant products and other objects entering Great Britain from the EU will be subject to import controls which are being phased in over six months.

From 1st January 2021, there will be the requirement for pre-notification and phytosanitary certificates for plants, plant products and other objects that pose the greatest potential risk to GB biosecurity and which are already subject to regulation within the EU (the high-priority list can be downloaded here). They will also be subject to import checks at Places of Destination. The frequency of identity and physical checks will vary depending on the level of risk associated with each commodity and as such, fees for these checks will be adjusted and apply from 1st April. All the high-priority goods will be subject to 100% documentary checks. This is described here. To note: there will be no costs to register your Place of Destination with the competent authority.

From 1st April 2021, the requirement for pre-notification and phytosanitary certificates will be extended to include all regulated plants, plant products and other objects. A list of goods that will require pre-notification can be found on gov.uk.  Additionally, from 1st April 2021, the identity import check will be aligned to the frequency of physical checks for EU and Rest of World (RoW) goods. This will reduce the identity check fee for commodities subject to lower frequencies of physical checks. This is also described here.

From 1st July 2021, an increased number of physical checks will be carried out.

In order to facilitate the above charges, the current documentary and identity fee will be split to allow reduced identity check fees to apply as described here. The current fee is £10.51 for combined documentary and identity checks. This will be split to become £5.25 for documentary checks and £5.25 for identity checks.

Further information

Further guidance on importing and exporting plants at the end of the Transition Period can be found here and here.