Import

The right to use a plant passport and supplier’s document

An enterprise using a plant passport or a supplier’s document will be granted the right to use these labels upon its entry into Evira’s plant health register, or at a later time subject to a separate application. You will need the right to use a plant passport if you sell plant propagation materi...

AUTHORISED POINTS OF ENTRY FOR PRODUCTS REQUIRING A PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATE

Products requiring a phytosanitary certificate can be imported to Finland through the following points of entry: Ports : Hamina, Helsinki, Kaskinen, Kemi, Kokkola, Kotka, Oulu, Pietarsaari, Pori, Raahe, Rauma and Turku Airports: Helsinki-Vantaa, Tampere and Turku Frontier crossing points :...

PLANT HEALTH AND PROPAGATION MATERIAL REGISTER

An importer of products requiring a phytosanitary certificate must be registered with Evira’s plant health register. Further information on registration is available at Cultivation and production > Plant diseases and pests > Control > Plant health and propagation material register .  

FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR WOODEN PACKAGING MATERIAL

Forms and instructions related to wooden packaging material are available in Finnish and Swedish .   RELATED TOPICS Other forms and instructions: Forms and instructions for importing plants  

IMPORT AND EXPORT OF POTATOES

The potato plant hosts a number of harmful plant diseases and pests, whose spread from one country to another must be prevented. These harmful pests include bacterial ring rot, brown rot, potato root eelworm and the Colorado beetle. Due to the risk of pests, the import and export of potatoes is...

Control in the internal market trade of plants and plant products

Internal market trade in plants and plant products is controlled through inspections carried out in plant stores and garden wholesalers by plant inspectors from Evira and ELY centres. The purpose of inspections is to detect any quarantine pests or diseases. If necessary, samples are taken to...

IMPORT AND EXPORT OF SOIL AND GROWING MEDIA

When importing soil or growing media from non-EU countries and exporting them to non-EU countries, the requirements set by plant health legislation and fertiliser product legislation must be observed. Plant health requirements for import Plant health requirements for export Fertiliser product...

Import and export of seeds

When importing seeds from non-EU countries or exporting them to non-EU countries, the requirements of the Act on Protecting Plant Health and Seed Trade Act must be observed. In the case of imports, plant health requirements apply to the seeds of certain plant species either from all non-EU...

Legislation on the marketing of plants and plant products

Marketing of plants and plant products within the EU is regulated by plant health legislation. In addition, marketing of plant propagation material complies with plant propagation material regulations .

Plant and plant product trade

These pages contain information on the plant and plant product trade in the EU internal market. Apart from restrictions concerning protected zones, the marketing of plants that meet legal requirements as regards plant health, quality and labels, is free within the EU area. Products must not host...

IMPORT AND EXPORT OF WOODEN PACKAGING MATERIAL

Harmful pests spread with wooden packaging material. ISPM 15 label stands for appropriately treated wood.

IMPORT OF FRUIT, BERRIES AND VEGETABLES FROM NON-EU COUNTRIES

This website contains information on plant health requirements applicable to fruit, berries and vegetables imported from non-EU countries. Information on other requirements for offering vegetables for sale is available in the food section. The purpose of plant health related inspections and impor...

IMPORT AND EXPORT OF PLANTS AND PLANT PRODUCTS

Many harmful plant diseases and pests spread via plants. Restrictions therefore apply to the import and export of plants and plant products. This website contains information on requirements for plants regarding import from and export to non-EU countries. Information on requirements applying in t...

FORMS AND GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTING PLANTS, PLANT PRODUCTS AND WOOD

Guidelines   N:o Date   14102/7 2.1.2018 Import bans  (pdf 85 kb) 14101/7 1.6.2018 Phytosanitary Certificate  (pdf 246 kb)   Forms and other guidelines related to the import of plants, plant products and wood available in Finnish and Swedish .

EXCEPTIONAL PERMITS TO IMPORT PLANTS AND PLANT PRODUCTS

Evira can grant a permit to depart from the import requirements applicable to plants and plant products, if they are imported for scientific research purposes, experimental purposes or for selection of variety. An exceptional permit can be granted only if the import does not involve the risk of...

IMPORT OF CUT FLOWERS AND POTTED PLANTS

Imported cut flowers and potted plants must not host harmful quarantine pests or diseases. A phytosanitary certificate is required for the import of all potted plants from non-EU countries. For cut flowers, a phytosanitary certificate is required only for certain species. A phytosanitary...

Cut flowers, potted plants and plants used in groups

All cut flowers offered for sale, as well as potted plants and plants used in groups, must be free of quarantine pests and diseases to prevent their becoming vectors for the spread of the above pests. Quarantine pests and diseases hosted by these plants include the sweet potato whitefly Bemisia...

IMPORT AND EXPORT OF FRUIT, BERRIES AND VEGETABLES

Many plant diseases and pests spread via fruit and vegetables. For this reason, a variety of requirements apply to the import and export of fruit and vegetables. This website contains information on plant health related requirements applicable to fruit and vegetables when imported from and export...

IMPORT AND EXPORT OF WOOD

Many diseases and pests harmful to forests spread with wood and timber. Timber trade with non-EU countries must therefore observe the requirements set by plant health regulations. These pages contain information on plant health requirements applicable to the import and export of wood and timber....

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 pu...

Plant passport and supplier's document

Plant propagation material for certain plant species requires a plant passport. Plant species which may host quarantine pests and diseases require a plant passport, used primarily whenever plant propagation material is sold for professional, further cultivation purposes. Some plant species requir...

Frequently asked questions

1. Why must a plant store be registered in Evira’s plant health register? Plant stores must be registered in Evira’s plant health register because most sell plants that involve registration obligation. The registration obligation concerns plants that may host quarantine pests or diseases, such as...

Frequently asked questions

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions concerning the import of plants and plant products from non-EU countries. 1. Which plants can be imported to Finland? Answer: Plants and plant products not prohibited from import to Finland can be imported from non-EU countries. Imported...

IMPORT BANS FOR PLANT SPECIES

The import of certain plant species from non-EU countries is prohibited. This import prohibition can apply to certain countries or all non-EU countries. For a list of import prohibitions, see ‘Forms and instructions’ on the right.     RELATED TOPICS  Forms and instructions    

Phytosanitary Certificate

A phytosanitary certificate is a document issued by the plant health authorities of the exporting country. Such a document certifies that the plants have been inspected, are free of harmful plant diseases and pests, and comply with the requirements of the destination country in all other respects...

Certified plant propagation material

Certified plant propagation material is produced in compliance with certified production procedures, aiming at propagation material free of harmful organisms. Production is inspected and tested in order to ensure the purity of plant propagation material. Information on certified production:...

Import of coniferous wood from Russia

The import of coniferous wood from Russia is subject to a phytosanitary certificate and the importer must be registered with Evira’s plant health register. Shipment documents are inspected by Customs. Moreover, a physical plant health inspection is conducted on some shipments. If necessary, Custo...

Contact information

Evira´s Plant Health Unit gives advice on issues related to the import of plants. Import inspections are conducted by plant health inspectors of Evira and ELY centres. Evira's Plant Health Unit and plant health inspectors of ELY centres

Contact information

Evira's Plant Health Unit and plant health inspectors of ELY centres

Import of seeds from non-EU countries

When importing seeds from non-EU countries, the importer must observe import requirements in compliance with both the Seed Trade Act and the Act on Protecting Plant Health.

IMPORT OF POTATO FROM NON-EU COUNTRIES

The import of potatoes from non-EU countries is mostly prohibited. However, both seed and food potatoes may be imported from Switzerland. Food potatoes may also be imported from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Switzerland, Tunis and Turkey. Importing potatoes from the aforementione...

IMPORT OF PLANTS FROM NON-EU COUNTRIES

Import requirements and restrictions apply to the import of plants from non-EU countries, in order to prevent plant diseases and pests from spreading alongside imported shipments. Requirements vary per plant species, product and country of origin. The import of certain plant species from non-EU...

IMPORT OF WOODEN PACKAGING MATERIAL FROM NON-EU COUNTRIES

Wooden packaging material imported from non-EU countries must be manufactured from debarked wood and treated and labelled in compliance with the ISPM 15 standard. Standard requirements apply to all wooden packaging material: pallets, boxes, frames, supporting and base wood etc. RELATED LINKS  Lis...

Plant health requirements for importing seeds from non-EU countries

Certain seeds require a phytosanitary certificate and inspection when imported from non-EU countries. For certain seeds, this requirement is country-specific. This requirement is intended to prevent plant diseases and pests from spreading via seeds. The importer of seeds requiring a phytosanitary...

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....

IMPORT OF TIMBER FROM NON-EU COUNTRIES

Wood and timber meeting Finland’s import requirements may be imported from non-EU countries. Import requirements depend on the tree species, type of wood and region of origin. Imported shipments must not host harmful plant diseases or pests. As concerns coniferous wood, a phytosanitary certificat...

EU internal market of wooden packaging material

In most cases, no plant health related requirements for wooden packaging material apply in the EU internal market. However, Portugal forms an exception: wooden packaging material imported from Portugal must meet the requirements of the ISPM 15 standard. Further information is available at Import...

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...

TRADE OF WOODEN PACKAGING MATERIAL IN THE EU INTERNAL MARKET

In most cases, no plant health related requirements for wooden packaging material apply in the EU internal market. Packaging material imported from Portugal to other EU countries forms an exception, as it must meet the requirements specified in the ISPM 15 standard. This is because Portugal is th...

Exceptional permits for research purposes

Quarantine pests or diseases may not be transported within the EU, and the plants must fulfil all legislative requirements, such as Protected Zone requirements. However, Evira may grant an exceptional permit for the purpose of scientific research, experiments or selection of variety, if there is ...

Information for private persons

This page contains information on the import of plants and plant products from non-EU countries for private use. The instructions apply to the import of small quantities for private use as a private person, both as a passenger and, for instance, when ordering plants. The instructions on this page...

Health requirements for plant propagation material

Plant propagation material must not host quarantine pests or diseases. Quarantine pests and diseases hosted by outdoor garden plants include fireblight ( Erwinia amylovora ), ramorum leaf blight ( Phytophthora ramorum ) in rhododendron and red stele ( Phytophthora fragariae var. fragariae) in...

IMPORT OF PROPAGATION MATERIAL FOR HORTICULTURE

A phytosanitary certificate is required for all plants for planting and other propagation material when imported from non-EU countries, and the importer must be registered in Evira’s plant health register. The shipments will be inspected upon delivery to Finland. Besides quarantine pests and...

Quality requirements for plant propagation material

Plant propagation material sold both for professional further cultivation and to consumers must meet the quality requirements set in the Plant Propagation Material Act. These requirements are as follows: The lot must be of uniform quality and typical of the plant species and variety. Plants must ...

PRODUCT-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PLANTS

Product-specific requirements can be found in the navigation menu, at the left column.     RELATED TOPICS Fruit and vegetables Potato Seeds Wood  

Garden plant propagation material

Many garden plants are hosts to quarantine pests or diseases. Most quarantine pests and diseases spread via plant propagation material. Ensuring that plant propagation material is free of pests is therefore the most important way to prevent their spread in garden production. Plant propagation...

IMPORT INSPECTIONS OF PLANTS

Products requiring a phytosanitary certificate are inspected when imported, prior to handing them over to the recipient. In order to agree on an inspection, the importer must notify the region’s plant health inspector at Evira or an ELY-centre of the arrival time of a shipment at least 24 hours...

Plant label

So-called labels are used on garden plant propagation material offered for retail sale. In retail sales, the label replaces the plant passport and provides retail customers with key information on the plant in question. A label can be a tag, slat, sticker etc. attached to the plant, indicating th...

Protected zones

Plant material imported into EU Protected Zones must comply with requirements stricter than those normally applied in the EU. Within the European Union, Finland is a protected zone with respect to Bemisia tabaci , Erwinia amylovora , the Tomato spotted wilt virus TSWV, the Impatiens necrotic spot...