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Advice for travellers

Plants brought back from abroad could carry serious pests and diseases

In order to safeguard plant health in Britain, there are statutory controls on importing plants and plant products (such as flowers and fruits) into this country. Small quantities of controlled plant material, i.e. those plants which are required to be accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate on import, may be brought into Great Britain without certificates subject to certain conditions.

A UKBA publicity leaflet 'Bringing fruit, vegetable and plant products into the UK' (pdf) is available which provides an overview of these concessions.

Full details on concessions, including copies of the leaflet can be obtained from Fera's Plant Health HQ.

Remember - HM Customs and Excise will confiscate plants and plant produce which contravene the controls outlined above.