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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). 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:
- Flower Bulb Inspection Service (BKD)
- Quality Control Bureau Fruit and Vegetables (KCB)
- Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture (Naktuinbouw)
- Dutch General Inspection Service for Agricultural Seed and Seed Potatoes (NAK, in Dutch)
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 control.
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.