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.
- Health and quality requirements for garden plants
- Health requirements for potato
- Health requirements for wood
- Import of plants from non-EU countries