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Developments on potential EU plant health import requirements

26 April 2018

The new EU Plant Health Regulations come into force from December 2019 and there are several elements which are still to be determined, specifically affecting imports of plant materials, which will be covered by delegated and implementing acts.

The Commission has not put forward a proposal yet for which products and their countries of origin will be evaluated as being ‘high risk’ and therefore subject to stricter controls.  In addition, imports will be required to have a plant health certificate, unless they are identified as being ‘exceptions’.  Both these elements of the regulation are supposed to be in place for final adoption by December 2018.

France has taken the lead to put forward two proposals on ‘high risk’ fruit and vegetables.  The first proposal was rejected; however, the second latest proposal has support from other EU countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus and Austria) and could lead to serious restrictions on imports if supported further.

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