From September 1st, 2019, revised procedures for the importation of used farm machinery into the EU from third countries will take effect.
All registered importers of plants, plant produce and used machinery are being urged to become familiar with the change of requirements for the importation of certain plant produce and used machinery into the Community under Annex V of Council Directive 2000/29/EC.
From the above date, and in addition to existing requirements to obtain a Colorado Beetle (importation) licence, all importations into the union of grapes, kiwi fruit, strawberries, papaya, rubus (raspberries etc.), avocado and used agricultural and forestry machinery will require to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) of the country of origin, according to a spokesperson.
In addition, fruits that were not previously regulated from European countries that are not members of the EU will become regulated (custard apples, quince, persimmons, apples, mangoes, passion fruit, prunus, guava, pears, ribes, syzygium, and vaccinium).
“The new regulations for used machinery, which have been operated for agricultural or forestry purposes require that, prior to export, the equipment is cleaned to remove any soil or plant debris.”
It must then be subject to an official inspection by the exporting country’s National Plant Protection Organisation to certify, by the issuance of a phytosanitary certificate, that it complies with EU import requirements.
These new requirements are set out under Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2019/523 of the 21 March 2019 amending Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plant or plant products and against their spread within the community.