UK postpones the requirements for EU cut flowers certificate

The United Kingdom has again postponed the requirement for phytosanitary certificates for cut flowers from the EU. The so-called Border Operating Model (BOM) lays down how the British government introduces the new import rules in 3 stages. According to the BOM, certification of ‘high risk’ agricultural goods, such as trees, potted plants, perennials, and live animals, has been mandatory since 1 January 2021.

For almost all other agricultural products, deadlines have now been postponed to 1 July 2022. This means that for ‘low risk’ agricultural goods such as cut flowers, fruit, and vegetables, a phytosanitary certificate is mandatory from 1 July 2022. It’s the second delay. Previously, certificates were mandatory from 1 January 2022. Before that, the British held on 1 April 2021.

Pre-notification, i.e., pre-notification of all agricultural products and foodstuffs (both animal and plant) in the UK system, will be mandatory from 1 January 2022. Previously, this requirement would be partially introduced on 1 October 2021.

From 1 July 2022, shipments of meat, eggs, dairy products, fishery products, and many products of animal origin will only be able to enter the UK through specific UK ports with a border checkpoint. This also applies to ‘high-risk’ agricultural goods such as trees, potted plants, and perennials. This was earlier, January 1, 2022.

Shipments of’ low-risk ‘ agricultural goods such as cut flowers, fruit and vegetables, and live animals are also subject to border checks from 1 July 2022. These goods, too, can only enter the UK through specific UK ports. That deadline was previously set for March 2021.

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