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Import Requirements

Check whether plants or plant products you import into GB from all countries are categorised as high, medium or low risk

Updated: May 2024

Plant and plant products imported from all countries to Great Britain are categorised into high, medium risk and low categories. The medium-risk category is split into two subcategories, A and B reflecting a difference in plant health controls.

  • High-risk
  • Medium-risk A
  • Medium-risk B
  • Low-risk

Plant health controls apply to imports of high and medium risk A and B plants and plant products. 

Low risk plants and plant products from all countries are exempt from plant health controls.  

If your products are high risk or medium risk A: 

  • Goods must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate (PC) 
  • Good must be pre-notified via IPAFFS 
  • Goods will be subject to Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks (documentary, identity, physical) at a Border Control Points (BCP) or Control Point (CP) 

If your products are medium risk B:

  • Goods will require a PC but will not need to be pre-notified. 

Note:Medium risk fruit and vegetables imported from the EU will continue to be temporarily treated as low risk. The assessment of plant health risk is ongoing and risk categorisations may change. 

Risk categorisation for goods from all countries can be found here.

Please see here for information on special import requirements