Defra Plant Health Update Information

Defra Plant Health Update Information

17 Aug 2022


Updated risk categorisation guidance for imported plants and plant products is now available from Defra on the Plant Health Portal. This covers imports from all sources, replacing an earlier version which focused only on imports from the EU.

A description of the main pest threats considered in relation to each category is provided. Further details about these pests and related information are available via the Plant Health Portal, including the UK Plant Health Risk Register. The aim of the guidance is to help inform buying choices of importers and wider procurement behaviours.


Defra have requested that you please make your applications for export in a timely fashion and taking account of the seven days notification to APHA. You can do this using the new PHES IT system. This and the use of the EU Traces NT system will facilitate your exports to the EU, taking into account possible postal strikes in August and September.