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Prohibition Import of Plants, Fruits and Vegetables to EU from NonEU And EU Territories

Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 requires Member States, seaports, airports and international transport operators to
make available to passengers information concerning prohibitions and requirements for the introduction of plants,
plant products and other objects into the Union territory.

Postal services operators and professional operators involved in sales through distance contracts also are to make
available that information to their clients.

The information should be presented in an easy and immediately understandable manner. It should therefore visually represent following prohibited items carried by passengers: plants for planting, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables.

For the purpose of clarity, it should also include a message about the most important rules and requirements
concerning the introduction of plants, plant products and other objects into the Union territory. That message
should contain information about the fruits that are exempted from the requirement for a phytosanitary certificate,
pursuant to Article 73 of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031, the third countries from which a phytosanitary certificate is
not required and the Union territories from which that certificate is required.

So, following the obligation from the EU Regulation from 2016, a new EU Reglament from the 31st of January 2020, came into force today, the 13th of February. On the presentation of information to passengers arriving from third countries and to clients of postal services and of certain professional operators concerning the prohibitions as regards the introduction of plants, plant products and other objects into the Union territory, without the appropriate phytosanitary certificates in place.

The Reglament has only one article:

Article 1. Presentation of information to passengers arriving from third countries and to clients of postal services and of certain professional operators
1. Member States, seaports, airports and international transport operators shall display posters with the information set out in the Annex at all points of entry into the Union, or on all transport means moving into the Union, for the benefit of the passengers arriving from third countries.
Member States, seaports, airports and international transport operators may display posters as provided for in the first subparagraph also at points of departure out of the Union.

2. Postal services operators and professional operators involved in sales through distance contracts shall make available to their clients, at least through the internet, the information set out in the Annex.

3. The information set out in the Annex shall be placed at easily visible points, both in physical locations as well as on the internet.

Example of the poster to be used. Also contains info re exemptions.

Scroll down to the third page.

 

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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