The Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) informs about the implementing decision (EU) 2018/638 of the Commission, which changes the annexes of the EU Directive 2000/29/EC and among other things implements an extension of goods subject to phytosanitary control at import.
The following agricultural goods are subject to phytosanitary control from 1 June 2018 and must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin when imported from a third country:
Fruits of Solanum aethiopicum (Ethiopian eggplant), Solanum macrocarpon (African eggplant) originating in Africa or in North and South America (including Central America). Plants - excluding pollinatable pollen, plant tissue cultures, seeds and grains - of Zea mays originating in Africa or in North and South America (including Central America).
In addition, an "additional declaration" on the phytosanitary certificate is required for the above goods.
For the following products, the requirements concerning the "additional declaration" required on the phytosanitary certificate will be amended or extended:
- Fruits of Capsicum, Momordica
The legal basis for these amendments is the Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/638 laying down emergency measures to protect the Union against the introduction into and spread within the Community of the harmful organism Spodoptera frugiperda. Further information on the pest and its legal basis can be found at:
The staff of the Official Plant Protection Service will be happy to provide further information.
Here you will find further information on phytosanitary import control.