From 1 January 2021, regulation of tree and forestry pests and diseases, and of imports, exports and inland movements of wood, timber, wood products, plants, seeds and related materials, will no longer be subject to European Union (EU) legislation.
Instead, Great Britain will trade with the EU as a Third Country (non-Member State), while Northern Ireland’s trade with the EU will be subject to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Traders and others involved in moving plants, seeds, wood, wood products and related materials can visit the UK Government website for:
- general guidance on the new trading arrangements (the Border Operating Model); and
- specific guidance on the new trading arrangements for importing and exporting plants and plant products.
Detailed explanation of plant health regulations for England and Wales continues to be available on the UK Government website for:
- imports, exports and inland movements of timber, wood and wood products, including firewood, or from the Forestry Commission’s Cross-Border Plant Health Service; and
- imports, exports and inland movements of plants, seeds, cuttings and other plant reproductive materials, including forestry planting materials, or from the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA).
EU Exit plant health guidance for Scotland and Northern Ireland is available from:
- Scottish Government Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA); and
- Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA).
More-general guidance on tree and forestry plant health and pests and diseases in the Devolved Administrations continues to be available from: