James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) said: "We now have a little more clarity on processes the garden industry can expect to encounter at the border after 1 January 2021. However, there is still much to be done by Government to work with us to ensure inspection processes for plants are risked-based and proportionate; how plants will be treated entering and moving within the island of Ireland; how new IT systems actually work in practice. The sector trades in perishable products, so we need an approach that minimises delays as much as possible.
“Ensuring additional cost and regulatory burdens are kept to an absolute minimum is crucial to ensuring we have a sector that is vibrant and outlooking, that can help power a green economic recovery for the UK.”
Notes to Editors
As part of this, the priority plants list is finalised, confirming that all plants for planting will be categorised as regulated priority plants from 1 January and will require pre-notification and a phytosanitary certificate before entering GB.
There is also information about what will happen to goods rejected at the EU border when exported January to July, this includes plants amongst other goods.