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Import of plants and plant products

The aim of this control is to prevent the introduction into the EU of dangerous harmful organisms such as insects, plant bacteria or viruses from third countries.

All plants for planting (e.g. also unrooted cuttings, scions, tissue cultures), certain seeds, certain cut flowers, certain fruits and certain vegetables must be phytosanitary controlled when imported. You can see a list with the details on the Phytosanitary Import Control page.

Importers, including private individuals, must be registered as importers in an official register with the official plant protection service of the respective federal state. The goods must be accompanied by an original phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin. Often this must be accompanied by certain "additional explanations". You can see a list with the details on the Phytosanitary Import Control page.

According to Annex III of the EU Directive 2000/29/EC, citrus plants are prohibited from being imported from all third countries. Seed potatoes and vines, but also vine leaves, are also subject to an import ban from third countries other than Switzerland.

The arrival of the consignment must be reported in good time (at least one working day before arrival) to the Official Plant Protection Service (e-mail:

The fees depend on the type and quantity of the goods. The fees are published in the plant protection fee tariff.

For certain goods, the Plant Material Act, the Seed Material Act, the Marketing Standards Act, the Species Trade Act or provisions of food law may also be relevant.

All countries that are not members of the European Union. But the Canary Islands, the French overseas departments (e.g. Martinique, Guadeloupe, Réunion), Ceuta and Melilla are also considered third countries for phytosanitary purposes.

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