Importing bees into Scotland: guidance

Guidance on the requirements that apply to imports of bees into Scotland.


If you wish to import bees into Scotland, you must comply with the following legislation:

The Trade in Animals and Related Products (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (the TARP Regulations) which lay down the controls that apply to imports of Apis mellifera (honey bees) and bumble bees (Bombus spp) from other countries. These regulations have been updated as the UK has left the EU so should be read in conjunction with amending regulations.

The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Order 2007 which lays down the enforcement provisions for post-import controls that apply to all imports of bees imported from another country.

Commission Regulation (EU) 206/2010 which lists the countries from which bees may be imported (subject to requirements relating to notifiable pests and diseases – see page 6), health certificate requirements and the post-import controls. (Retained EU legislation as amended by The Trade in Animals and Related Products (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.)

Commission Decision 2006/855/EC which lays down the health certification requirements and the post-import checks (packaged bees) for bees imported from New Zealand.

The national legislation is available which also contains retained EU legislation.

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