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New pre-notification requirements for certain EU imports

15 December 2017

Following the SCOPAFF meeting yesterday we have been advised that only 12 countries have notified the European Commission of their pest status for canker, Cercospora angolensis and blackspot and of which treatments they are using for canker and False Codling Moth.

The countries which have notified the Commission are: Australia; Brazil; Egypt; Japan; Israel; South Korea; Morocco; New Zealand; Turkey; Uruguay; USA and Zimbabwe.

We have been advised separately that South Africa and Swaziland are preparing their notifications.

You may wish to contact your suppliers in those countries which have not notified the Commission to ensure that their respective National Plant Protection Organisations send the relevant notifications to the Commission as soon as possible to ensure that trade can continue in 2018.

In July 2017 the European Commission published its Implementing Decision 2017/1279, amending the Annexes of the current Plant Health Directive 2000/29.  This introduces new rules for citrus with regard to Citrus Black Spot, citrus greening and citrus canker from all EU imports, as well as EU import conditions for citrus, fruits of capsicum, peaches, nectarines and pomegranates originating from African countries and Israel with regard to False Codling Moth.

The new rules come into force on 1 January 2018 and require a notification by the NPPO of the exporting country to the European Commission.  The WTO published a revised notification on the procedure including Prunus persica (peaches and nectarines) which had been omitted in the earlier notification by the EU.

If NPPOs have not notified their current status by 31 December 2017 or prior to the import season in 2018 with regard to the pests mentioned then the following products will be prohibited from entering the EU as of 1 January 2018: citrus; fruits of capsicum; peaches; nectarines; pomegranate.

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