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Shipping Point Inspection

​​​​​​​Beginning December 14, 2019, all raw and minimally processed plant materials exported to European Union member states will require phytosanitary certificates. While some plant products already require phytosanitary certification, many others have not had any requirements to enter the EU market. 

The new EU regulations are meant to prevent the introduction of plant insects and disease pests. The regulations reflect a change that was made in 2016, however, implementation was delayed until this year. Read more about the new EU Plant Health Rules

What does this mean for Oregon exporters?  

Each shipment of plant products will need to be inspected and will require a phytosanitary certificate. Per EU requirements, shipments may be inspected up to 30 days before export. Without the necessary certification, the EU will reject shipments without recourse.

What commodities are affected? 

Living plants or plant products (unless specifically indicated otherwise in a commodity summary) will now require a phytosanitary certificate for export to EU countries. These commodities include: 

  • Fruits and vegetables (other than frozen)
    • Exemptions: pineapple, coconut, durian, bananas, and dates
  • Cut flowers, leaves, and foliage
  • Cut trees with foliage; branches with or without foliage
  • Grain or grain products
  • Hop bales, pellets, and cones
  • Seeds, other than those not intended for planting
  • Other unprocessed or minimally processed plant products, including wood. 

European Union member states

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro*, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland*, and the United Kingdom.

*Note: Although not European Union member countries, Montenegro and Switzerland follow the European Union requirements.

What are the high-risk plants?

The EU has designated 35 genera of plants as high-risk – these groups will be completely prohibited from entering the EU as of December 14, 2019, until the US Department of Agriculture conducts pest risk analyses for these products. These analyses are currently in progress. Read EU Regulation 2018/2019

These include plants for planting, other than seeds, in vitro material, and dwarfed woody plants for planting of the following genera:

Acacia, Acer, Albizia, Alnus, Annona, Bauhinia, Berberis, Betula, Caesalpinia, Cassia, Castanea, Cornus, Corylus, Crataegus, Diospyros, Fagus, Ficus carica, Fraxinus, Hamamelis, Jasminum, Juglans, Ligustrum, Lonicera, Malus, Nerium, Persea, Populus, Prunus, Quercus, Robinia, Salix, Sorbus, Taxus, Tilia, Ulnus

How do I find out if my commodity or shipment is affected?  

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Nursery & Christmas Tree
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4644
Fax: 503-986-4786
Plant Health
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4620
Shipping Point Inspection​
Hermiston District
30588 Feedville Rd
Hermiston, OR 97838
Phone: 541-567-2251
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Hood River District
1100 East Marina Way, Ste 119
Hood River, OR 97031
Phone: 541-386-2040
Medford District
PO Box 280
Merrill, OR 97603
Phone: 541-891-2993
Salem District
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4620
Ontario District
PO Box 459
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: 541-889-5274