EU internal market of wood

Certain plant-health related requirements apply to the marketing of wood and timber in the EU internal market.

A company engaged in marketing coniferous wood (Coniferales), or the wood of the plane tree or chestnut family ( Platanus, Castanea), into the EU area, must register with Evira’s plant health register.

Heat treatment requirement applies to coniferous wood imported from Portugal

Due to the risk that the pine wood nematode will spread, coniferous wood and bark imported from Portugal to other EU areas must undergo heat treatment. In addition, batches must be equipped with a plant passport.

Protected Zone requirements apply to coniferous wood

Coniferous wood imported to EU Protected Zones (United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece and Corsica) must be debarked or kiln-dried.

If untreated coniferous wood with bark, or bark only, is imported to a Protected Zone, the batch of wood must be equipped with a Plant Passport. Dispatchers of wood must be able to prove that the wood or bark has undergone sufficient treatment for the control of bark beetles.

Special requirements apply to plane tree and chestnut

Hardwood of the Platanus family must either be kiln-treated, or the sender must prove, with a Plant Passport, that the wood originates in areas known to be free of the fungal disease Ceratocystis fimbriata.

Wood of the Castanea family, imported to the Czech Republic, Greece (Crete, Lesvos), Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom must be debarked or kiln-dried. If untreated chestnut wood or bark is imported to the area, batches must be equipped with a Plant Passport and it must be proven that the wood originates in areas known to be free of the fungal disease Cryphonectria parasitica.

 

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