sending living material to countries within the EU
Sun, 08 Mar 2009 14:25:09 PDT
In response to the request for how this may be done I hope that the following information is of general and specific interest to anyone who has it in mind to do so.

Firstly, the EU = European Union is first and foremost a Free Trade Area and composed of members variously of long standing e.g. France & Germany as well as countries of medium term length of membership such as Spain and the UK all of which have well and truly bedded down into he mutual regulations. However recent accession countries such as those escapees from the former Soviet Union or Soviet block = Warsaw Pact are in varying stages of transition depending on when they reached development levels that would not unduly burden the others such as low wages, voting rights, legal infrastructure not reliant on buying off whoever. Lithuania and the other Baltic States are modern along the same liens throughout the EU and issued to commerical nurseries. The movement of limited amounts of plant material between individuals is not really restricted and just requires a Green Customs Declaration sticker about 3 inches by 2 inches roughly in size, standard to all the nations, which is attached to the front of the envelope and it requires two basic bits of info [a] what is in the packet and [b] what its value is. 

Most people, myself included comply easily by stating that [a] botanical specimens, and [b] nil value when sending living plants;
when sending seed within the EU no declaration or intimation is required.  Within and between EU countries no PHYTOS are required unless the genus is on a prohibited list, e.g. likely to transmit Phytophora spp diseases on susceptible plants in which case it goes to incineration, no question!.

Material coming into the EU from ANYWHERE requires by law to be accompanied by a PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATE and depending into which country it arrives will depend, regrettably, how thoroughly the contents are checked, if at all. In the UK it is an absolute guarantee that it will be now, the other countries are at varying speeds following the same protocols, its a question of the north = efficient, south = incompetent rules. Since September 2007 every country is expected to nominate airport[s] which will have phyto standard inspection facilities, some are more effective in the observance than others, so far. Assume they all are. Also assume that in some countries, the northern ones, the US Phytos are viewed with varying levels of suspicion some of it DEEP, much to do with your proximity to places like Columbia !!!!

If you tell me what you have in mind to send this gentleman, by genus, I will check it out and report back to you but give me 2 - 3 days if you will. Also bare in mind that where soem small countries are trying to get up to speed they often delegate a neighbour to deal with incoming on their behalf. For example, as far as I know there are no direct flights from north America to Lithuania therefore the airport of first landing may well be the airport of inspection, London Heathrow and any German airports rigorous, Paris Charles DeGaulle less so, etc, etc. Find a carrier to ease the paperwork would be my suggestion but the American's don't do cheap, UI will avoid mentioning names in case I drummed out of the Girl Guides.

Supplemental questions, you only have to ask, I will help where I can.


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