In order to minimise the risk of introduction or spread of harmful organisms, certain plants, plant products and other objects (e.g. soil) entering the customs territory of the European Union are subject to phytosanitary checks and some goods are banned from import. Annexes III (import bans) and V B (plants, plant products and other objects subject to import controls) to Directive 2000/29/EC provide an overview of which types of goods are regulated.
Please note that the Canary Islands, the French overseas departments, Ceuta and Melilla are not phytosanitary Member States of the European Union according to the Plant Protection Act 2011.
When importing goods subject to phytosanitary control, certain conditions must be observed:
- registration (companies and also private persons) at the Landespflanzenschutzdienst according to § 14 Pflanzenschutzgesetz 2011 (Plant Protection Act 2011)
- phytosanitary certificate"("phytosanitary certificate") in the original and, where appropriate, completed additional declaration
- Phytosanitary control prior to customs clearance
- Phytosanitary release, if the consignment has been found free from quarantine pests.
- Customs clearance
- Phytosanitary complaint where formal or phytosanitary irregularities have been detected
- Invoicing according to plant protection fee tariff
When importing plants or plant products, other laws may also apply, such as the Seed Act or the Species Trade Act (CITES).
Find out more about the import of plants and plant products from the frequently asked questions (FAQs).
For inquiries regarding phytosanitary import control, please contact the Official Plant Protection Service.
The BAES (Bundesamt für Ernährungssicherheit für den landwirtschaftlichen Bereich, in the case of forest plants or plant products in accordance with the Annex to the Forestry Act the Bundesamt für Wald) has, in accordance with the Plant Protection Ordinance2011 in the version of § 15, also allowed the import of plants, plant products and other objects from third countries on application, in deviation from the provisions of the 3rd Ordinance of the Federal Republic of Germany. and Section 4 of the Plant Protection Act 2011, if authorised by European Community legislation or required for breeding, scientific studies or experimental purposes (Directive 2008/61/EC).
The application for an import permit shall be submitted to the Federal Office for Food Safety and shall contain the following information:
- the name and address of the consignee;
- the name and address of the source of supply;
- the quantity and type (variety) of plants, plant products and other objects to be supplied;
- Intended use and duration of the exception;
- Addresses of quarantine stations and any storage locations;
- Suggestions for the proper disposal of the material;
- the planned entry interface;
- if applicable, registration number (§ 14 para. 5 of the Plant Protection Act 2011).
Before making a decision, the Federal Office for Food Safety must obtain the opinion of an official expert as to whether the introduction or spread of harmful organisms is to be feared as a result of the import.
The import permit shall contain conditions and requirements designed to prevent the introduction or spread of harmful organisms.
Each consignment subject to inspection must be accompanied by a valid phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin.
The phytosanitary certificate shall contain the information in accordance with the model laid down in Council Directive 2000/29/EC and shall be issued by the competent authority of the exporting country in accordance with certain validity criteria.
Validity criteria include
- Submission of the original
- completed in full in block capitals or in typescript (except for stamps and signatures)
- in one of the official languages of the European Union, preferably the official language of the Member State of destination
- botanical name of the plant in Latin letters
- any additional explanations
- no unauthorised amendments or deletions Unauthorised amendments will invalidate the phytosanitary certificate
- issued no earlier than 14 days before the date on which the plants, plant products or objects left the third country in which the exhibition took place
Model for the Austrian phytosanitary certificate and for the Austrian phytosanitary certificate for re-exportation
Pest Risk Assessments: Pest Organ Risk Assessments
These express risk assessments allow the Authority to decide on the risk of a new harmful organ during phytosanitary import control.
In particular, the probability of introduction and spread in Austria and the member states as well as possible economic losses are taken into account.
Hier Sie finden die Formulare für die Einfuhr von Pflanzen, zum Anpflanzen bestimmt, gemäß Pflanzgutgesetz
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