Plant passport enforcement as of 1 January 202122 October 2020
Enforcement of the plant passport at pot level from pot size 10 cm and up will commence on 1 January 2021. Since 14 December 2019, EU legislation requires the use of a plant passport to be able to trade plants. The enforcement of the plant passport for a ≥ 10 cm pot size should have come into effect on 1 July 2020 but was postponed due to Corona and will now commence as of 1 January 2021.
What are the benefits?
By using a plant passport we can jointly ensure healthy trading. The plant passport ensures that the identity and origin of plants and plant material is known and contributes to the increase of chain transparency. It will enable us to quickly trace the location where the products were cultivated to avoid a further spread in the event of any diseases and allow companies within the EU to continue to trade plant material freely.
What we expect from you
As of 1 January 2021, each plant with a ≥ 10 cm pot size to be sold via the auction channels must display a plant passport. Plants with a ≥ 10 cm pot size without a plant passport will not be auctioned until the grower has provided one.
In very exceptional and special cases it will be possible, in 2021, to apply for a company-specific exemption for a specific product for a limited period of time via firstname.lastname@example.org
The criteria for this temporary exemption are as follows:
a) Only for pot sizes 10 to 18 inclusive.
b) Products in mixed trays (with various different varieties/genera in one tray).
c) Products from third countries that don't enter the EU with a plant passport and have a phytosanitary certificate only.
What's the current situation?
As of 1 October 2020, approximately 90% of the supply was provided with a plant passport at plant level from pot size 10 cm onwards. This means that we are heading in the right direction and we thank you for your efforts. All we need is a little push to arrive at 100% at the end of this year which is why we call upon all plant suppliers who have not yet provided ≥ 10 cm pot sizes with plant passports to put this into effect before 1 January 2021 so that we can say we will ensure healthy trade together.