Guidance on the importing and exporting plants and plant products
As a result of Brexit, significant restrictions will apply to the import and export of plants and plant material between Guernsey and the EU.
The relative free movement of plants and plant material between Guernsey and mainland UK, Jersey and Isle of Man will not be affected.
Plant Health Legislation
The Plant Health (Brexit) (Amendment) (Guernsey) Regulations 2020 come into effect on 1st January 2021.
These Regulations make amendments to the following pre-existing legislation:
The Plant Health Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/2031)
The Phytosanitary Conditions Regulation (EU Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/2072)
Other EU preserved law.
The Plant Health (Implementation) (Guernsey) Ordinance 2020
These Regulations will ensure close alignment is maintained with legislation in mainland UK, Jersey and the Isle of Man.
This will allow the continued free movement of plants between Guernsey and Mainland UK, Jersey and the Isle of Man, subject to the requirement for GB Plant Passports for commercial plant movements.
Movement of plant material between Guernsey and the EU
On January 1st 2021 the free movement of plants and plant material between Guernsey and the EU will come to an end.
All movements will be subject to the legislation in the respective jurisdictions.
Imports into the EU will be subject to the requirements of The EU Plant Health Regulation 2016/2031 from 1st January 2021.
Imports into Guernsey will be subject to The Plant Health (Brexit) (Amendment) (Guernsey) Regulations 2020, but import requirements will be phased in over 6 months, which is in line with mainland UK, Jersey and the Isle of Man.
The most significant change will be the requirement for phytosanitary certificates (official plant health documents) for movements of all plants, seeds and other living plant material as well as for some types of wood.
This requirement will apply to all movements including passenger baggage, mail order and commercial consignments.
Restrictions will also apply to pallets and other solid wood packaging material which will need to be officially marked to confirm compliance with international standards.
In addition movements of "high priority" plant material will need prior notification and will need to be cleared through official Border Control Points (BCPs).
"High priority" plant material includes all plants for planting, as well as some seeds, vegetables, fruits, flowers, foliage and wood.
Discussions with the UK are currently in progress to determine whether high priority plant material can be cleared through the Guernsey border control model that has been proposed. The decision reached will determine whether Guernsey import notifications will be required.
Guidance on the importing and exporting plants and plant products from 1st Jan 2021 can be found on the gov.uk website.
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