Plant Health: Update of import bans on high-risk plants

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According to the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2019, certain "high-risk plants" from third countries are subject to an import ban.


The Federal Office for Food Safety informs about the update of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2019 (last updated by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/158). The "high-risk plants" listed below are subject to an import ban from third countries and the import into the European Union is prohibited.

These listed plants and plant products serve as hosts for plant pests that would cause major economic or environmental damage if introduced into the EU.

It is possibile that the national plant protection organization of a third country transmits data (intended to demonstrate safe trade), to the European Commission in accordance with the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2018. This process allows an assessment of the risk of introduction by the respective plants or plant products. The granting of an exemption from the import ban is ultimately dependent on the result of this risk analysis.

This import ban applies to plants intended for planting, other than seeds, in vitro material and naturally or artificially dwarfed woody plants for planting ("bonsai") of the following genera or species:

  • Acacia
  • Acer, other than Acer japonicum, Acer palmatum and Acer shirasawanum with origin New Zealand
  • Albizia, other than Albizia julibrissin with origin Israel
  • Alnus
  • Annona
  • Bauhinia
  • Berberis
  • Betula
  • Caesalpinia
  • Cassia
  • Castanea
  • Cornus
  • Corylus, other than Corylus avellana and Corylus colurna with origin Serbia
  • Crataegus
  • Diospyros
  • Fagus
  • Ficus carica, except with origin Israel
  • Fraxinus
  • Hamamelis
  • Jasminum, other than plants for planting of Jasminum polyanthum with origin Israel and Uganda
  • Juglans, other than Juglans regia with origin Turkey and Moldova
  • Ligustrum
  • Lonicera, other than Lonicera x bella, Lonicera caprifolium, Lonicera caucasica, Lonicera etrusca, Lonicera fragrantissima, Lonicera hellenica, Lonicera ligustrina, Lonicera sempervirens and Lonicera tatarica with origin Turkey
  • Malus, other than:
    • one- to two-year-old bare rooted, dormant, free of leaves, grafted plants for planting of Malus domestica with origin Serbia;
    • up to three-year-old bare-rooted, dormant, free of leaves, grafted plants for planting of Malus domestica with origin Moldova;
    • up to three-year old bare-rooted, dormant, free of leaves, rootstocks of Malus domestica with origin Ukraine; and
    • up to three-year old bare-rooted, dormant, free of leaves, grafted plants for planting of Malus domestica with origin Ukraine;
  • Nerium, other than Nerium oleander with origin Turkey
  • Persea, other than Persea americana with origin Isreal
  • Populus
  • Prunus, other than bare-rooted, dormant, free of leaves plants for planting of Prunus domestica grafted on Prunus cerasifera rootstocks originating in Ukraine
  • Quercus
  • Robinia, other than Robinia pseudoacacia with origin Turkey
  • Salix
  • Sorbus
  • Taxus
  • Tilia
  • Ulmus

Plants and parts of plants from:

  • Ullucus tuberosus

Fruits of:

  • Momordica, originating from third countries or areas of third countries where Thrips palmi is known to occur and where effective mitigation measures for that pest are lacking. Fruits of Momordica charantia originating in Honduras, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Thailand are excluded.

Please note that the species exempted from the import ban may only be imported from the listed countriesof origin and only in compliance with certain special requirements.

We recommend contacting us timely before a planned import so that we can communicate the detailed import regulations. The team of the Official Plant Protection Service is at your disposal for further phytosanitary information.

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