Changes to the EU reduced phytosanitary checks

Please see below the updated list of reduced phytosanitary checks of cut flowers at the EU borders, to be enforced from 1 January 2017.
A summary of the introduced changes to the recommended frequency of controls at the EU borders:
  • 75% consignments of Zimbabwean Aster imported into the EU ( 100% previously)
  • 5% consignments of Kenyan Dianthus imported into the EU (10% previously)
  • 15% consignments of Turkish Dianthus imported into the EU (25% previously)
  • 10% consignments of Zambian Rosa imported into the EU (15% previously).
To recall: This list of recommended reduced frequency of inspections is established by the EU Commission in consultation with the 28 EU Member States, using a methodology based amongst others on the history of interceptions of specific cut flowers from origin countries and on the actual volumes of import into the EU. It has no legal obligation per se and only indicates the minimum percentage to be checked at the EU borders.

It is always up to the individual EU Member States to decide the exact level of phytosanitary inspections that they enforce at borders on plant products imported from outside the EU.

Source: VGB

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