IMPORT OF SOIL AND GROWING MEDIA FROM NON-EU COUNTRIES

Import prohibitions apply to soil

A number of harmful pests, such as the potato root eelworm, spread through soil. Therefore, the import of soil and culture media containing soil or other organic matter, is prohibited as such from most non-EU countries.

The import prohibition does not apply to pure peat or culture media comprising purely inorganic matter, such as mineral wool or perlite.

Phytosanitary certificate for culture media arriving with plants

A phytosanitary certificate is required for soil and culture media arriving with plants from the following areas:

  • Most countries outside Europe (excluding Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Libya, Morocco and Tunis)
  • European countries: Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
  • Turkey

The requirement for phytosanitary certificate on culture media does not apply to pure peat or inorganic matter.