Potato exports guide

Information on the conditions and phytosanitary requirements for the export of Scottish potatoes, where known by country.


Seed potatoes (updated 16 July 2019)

Growing crop tolerances

Class tolerances apply. 

Tuber tolerances

Minimum tolerances for seed export apply, except for:

Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea): NIL

Wire worm damage: NIL

Silver scurf (Helminthosporium solani): no wrinkled or shrivelled tubers

Common scab ( Streptomyces scabies):

Surface area


Allowed %

by weight

< 12.5% 5
12.5 - 33.3% 1.5
> 33.3% 0
Total affected 5

Other requirements

Varieties: only varieties approved by the Iraqi authorities may be imported.

Size: 35 x 55 mm

Greening: no more than 2%

Chemicals: consignments should be treated with a broad spectrum fungicide.

Packaging: new Hessian sacks 

Procedures upon arrival - consignments are subject to visual inspection and sampling for laboratory testing upon arrival in Iraq. The following tolerances are used for virus laboratory testing (total virus including PVX, PVY, PVM, PVA, PVS, PLRV) in Iraq:

  • Class SE: 1%
  • Class E: 2%
  • Class A: 5%

Associated regulations and legislation

Regulation No. 2/1966 on the Import and Transition of Plants and Plant Products (Plant Protection), as amended by Regulation No. 2/1973. 

Technical controls of imported seed potatoes. 

Additional declarations to be inserted on the reverse of the phytosanitary certificate for seed potatoes

  1. Samples of soil from land in which the potatoes were grown were drawn and tested by the Scottish Government prior to planting and revealed no trace of Potato cyst nematodes (Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida).
  2. Wart disease (Synchytrium endobioticum) is not known to have occurred on the land on which the potatoes were grown.
  3. Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), Potato tuber moth ( Phthorimaea operculella), Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), Potato ring rot (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus), Potato brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum) and Potato spindle tuber viroid are not known to occur in Scotland.
  4. The consignment has been found to be free from Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea) and wire worm damage by visual inspection.
  5. The tubers in this consignment are within the Iraqi limits for Soft rot (Pectobacterium carotovorum (Erwinia carotovora)), White mould (Sclerotinia), Dry rot (Fusarium), Early blight (Alternaria solani), Black scurf (Rhizoctonia solani) and Common scab (Streptomyces scabies).
  6. The consignment is free from wrinkled and shrivelled tubers as a result of Silver scurf (Helminthosporium solani).
  7. The potatoes in the consignment are suitable for seed purposes and the crop from which they were drawn was examined twice whilst growing by Scottish Government inspectors and was certified true to type and conform the standard of freedom from virus.
  8. The potatoes in this consignment are not genetically modified.
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