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EU plant health interceptions in 2016

25 July 2017

The European Commission has published its latest annual report on plant health interceptions across all Member States during 2016.

There was a total of 8,153 interceptions due to non-conformities with EU requirements in 2016, of which 7,774 were of non-EU country origin. There was an increase in the interceptions due to non-compliant wood packaging material and documentary problems.  Notifications due to the presence of harmful organisms continue to decrease.

The UK recorded a further drop in interceptions in 2016, following a similar drop in 2015. The UK was the Member State with the greatest number of interceptions of harmful organisms from non-EU countries.

Harmful organisms

Some 1,815 harmful organisms were intercepted in 2016, with 1,212 (66.8%) found in fruit and vegetables; 112 in plants; 169 in cut flowers and 261 in wood packaging material. Thirteen non-EU countries were responsible for the majority of interceptions, each having more than 50 interceptions.

The main fruit and vegetable commodities intercepted for harmful organisms were peppers, mango, basil, citrus and various gourds.

The main countries of origin of intercepted fruit and vegetables were Laos, Uganda, Bangladesh, Mali and Thailand.

There was a decrease in interceptions of fruit and vegetables of 13.7% compared with 2015.


Cut flowers

The most important commodities in 2016 were (in descending order of incidence) Gypsophila spp., orchirds, Rosa spp., Solidargo spp., Eryngium spp. and Chrysanthemum. Leaf miners and white flies, thrips spp., and Spodoptera spp. continued to be the most prominent intercepted pests on cut flowers.

The main countries of origin of intercepted cut flowers were Israel, Thailand and Ecuador.


Planting material

Bemisia tabaci continued to be the most intercepted harmful organism. The main countries of origin of interecepted planting material were China, Ethiopia, Israel, Malaysia and United States of America.

There is a downward trend of interceptions, decreasing 14.2% over the previous year.


The Commission publishes a regular alert of countries of origin with the highest number of interceptions of harmful organisms. In 2016 report the following countries are highlighted: China, Laos, Uganda, Thailand, Bangladesh, Israel, India, Vietnam, Mali, Kenya, Malaysia, Cameroon and Dominican Republic

Link to the annual report 2016: 

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