Information for private persons – import of plants from EU countries

This page contains information on the import of plants and plant products for private use.

As a rule of thumb, private persons may freely import moderate quantities of plants and plant products from EU countries for personal use. However, even within the EU, restrictions apply to certain plants. Such restrictions are in force to prevent pests and plant diseases from spreading from one country to another.

Seed potato may only be imported if it is certified and its authenticity certificate bears the ZP marking, indicating the protected zone for Globodera pallida.

Because Finland is an EU protected zone with respect to fire blight, fire blight host plants may only be imported from other protected or buffer zones. The plants must be equipped with a ZP Plant Passport, to prove that they have been produced in regions free of fire blight. For instance, in Sweden’s case, fire blight host plants may only be imported from certain nurseries and not at all from Denmark.

Fire blight host plants include: apple trees (Malus), pear trees (Pyrus), rowans (Sorbus), hawthorn (Crataegus), juneberries (Amelanchier), cotoneasters (Cotoneaster), flowering quince (Chaenomeles), quince (Cydonia), medlar (Mespilus), Japanese plum (Eriobotrya), firethorn (Pyracantha) and Photinia davidiana.

EU countries:

Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria 
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy 
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
The Netherlands
Portugal
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

 

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