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Plant passport

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

You need a plant passport if you transport certain plants and plant products within the EU. These plants and plant products are listed in the register of products requiring a plant passport, kept bij the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)External link. A plant passport guarantees that the product is free from harmful organisms included on the quarantine organisms list. The plant passport is issued by one of the following inspection services:

New EU rules

New rules are to be introduced to protect against the spread of harmful organisms in the EU as of 14 December 2019. The current European phyto-directive is to be replaced by 2 new European directives: on plant health and controlExternal link.

The main changes include:

  • the obligatory use of plant passports is to be expanded;
  • harmful organisms will be re-assessed;
  • companies trading in plants must be registered in a national register;
  • new procedures for imports will be introduced;
  • a new format for the export certificate and a pre-export certificate are to be introduced.

Exporting plants to the United Kingdom after Brexit

If you import plants from or export plants to the United Kingdom, you will need to take extra measures when the United Kingdom leaves the European UnionExternal link (in Dutch). This is because then the UK will be considered a third country. For instance, to export plants you will need a phytosanitary export certificate instead of a plant passport. Also check the Brexit Portal ExportExternal link and import pagesExternal link (in Dutch), the Get ready for Brexit websiteExternal link and What does Brexit mean for my customs matters?External link. Make sure you take steps to prepare in time.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO