importing plants and plant material

The UK will lose access to the EU plant passport system

From 1st January 2021 the United Kingdom will operate a full, external border as a sovereign nation.  New controls will be placed on the movement of goods between the EU and UK, and UK businesses involved in the import of plants and plant material may need to adapt their working practices.  

Changes from 1st January 2021 include:

  • The content and format of UK Plant Passports will differ from the EU Plant Passports currently used
  • UK Plant Passports cannot be attached in the EU, and EU Plant Passports cannot be attached in the United Kingdom
  • Phytosanitary certificates will be required for plants and plant products on departure from the EU to the UK 
  • Physical and identity checks will be carried out on regulated plant products at Border Control Posts 
  • The term ‘Protected zones’ will change to 'Pest Free Areas'

Please click here to learn more about the changes