Plant Health Guide: guidance for importers

The guide summarises the plant health controls which apply to the import into Scotland of plants, seeds, plant products, plant pests, soil and growing medium from countries outside the European Union.


(Note Geographical definitions given in this glossary are intended only as a guide for the purposes of the Order.)

Central America

Includes Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the West Indies.


Relating to mainland countries/states and excluding outlying islands, e.g. 'continental states of the USA' excludes Hawaii.

Euro-Mediterranean area

Means: Europe, Algeria, Ceuta, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Melilla, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and the area of Turkey east of the Bosphorus Strait known as Anatolia.


Includes: Belarus, the Canary Islands, Georgia, Kazakhstan (except the area east of the Ural river), Russia (except the regions of Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Kurgan, Novossibirsk, Omsk, Sverdlovsk, Tomsk, Chita, Kamchatka, Magadan, Amur and Skhalin, the territories of Krasnoyarsk, Altay, Khabarovsk and Primarie, and the republics of Sakha, Tuva and Buryatia) Turkey (except the area east of the Bosphorus Strait known as Anatolia) and the Ukraine.

European Union

Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (but not the Canary Islands), Sweden and the United Kingdom (including, for plant health purposes, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands).

Note: European Community plant health legislation concerning imports from non- EU countries does not apply to the Canary Islands, the French Overseas Departments, Ceuta and Melilla.

North America

Includes Canada, Mexico and the United States of America (except the state of Hawaii).


Living plants (including fungi and shrubs), or a living part of a plant, at any stage of growth but excluding forest trees or forest shrubs, including, live pollen, bulbs, cuttings, seeds and all other vegetative propagating material, including seed potatoes (but excluding potatoes for consumption).

Plant pest

Pests of and harmful organisms liable to infect plants or plant products which belong to the animal (excluding vertebrate animals) or plant kingdoms, or which are viruses, mycoplasms, fungal or bacterial pathogens and includes plant pests which may be genetically modified.

Plant products

Fruit, some vegetables, potatoes for consumption, cut flowers, foliage, grain and seeds.

South America

Means: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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