The Government has announced a revised timetable for the introduction of plant health controls for EU trade.

Since 1 January 2021, phytosanitary certificates have been required to accompany imports of high-priority plants and plant products. Documentary, identity and physical checks of these goods have been carried out at Places of Destination.

From 1 January 2022, physical and identity checks of high priority plants and plant products will move from Places of Destination to Border Control Posts.

From 1 January 2022, the requirement for pre-notification and phytosanitary certificates will be extended to all regulated plants and plant products (i.e. not just those which are ‘high-priority’).

From March 2022, the UK’s Border Operating Model will be fully operationalised with physical and identity checks on all regulated plants and plant products being carried out at BCPs.