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)

Potato cyst nematode (PCN)

A consignment test for Potato cyst nematode (Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida) is required before export (PCN testing for export applies). 

Growing crop tolerances

Inspector's instructions MW/2006/01 apply.

Class tolerances apply, except if the tolerances below are stricter:

  • Potato Virus Y NTN: NIL 

Tuber tolerances

Minimum tolerances for seed export apply. 

Other requirements

Import permit: required. 

Certificates: a copy of the phytosanitary certificate and the packaging slip should be placed in an envelope inside the consignment. The packaging slip should give the name of the importer, plant species, number and description of bags and country of origin.

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

  1. Wart disease (Synchytrium endobioticum) is not known to have occurred on the land in which the potatoes were grown.
  2. Samples of soil from the 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).
    In addition the lots to be loaded were identified and samples of soil obtained from each lot making up the cargo were tested for Potato cyst nematodes. None of the samples of soil from the lots revealed the presence of viable cysts of Potato cyst nematodes.
  3. Potato ring rot (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus), Potato brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum), Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) and Potato spindle tuber viroid are not known to exist in Scotland.
  4. Potato tuber nematode (Ditylenchus destructor) has not been recorded in commercial stocks of potatoes grown in Scotland for more than 20 years.
  5. The crops were inspected during the growing season by Inspectors of the Scottish Government and were found to be free from the above diseases and Potato Virus Y (Necrotic Strain).
  6. The consignment has been inspected by the Scottish Government.
  7. The consignment is practically free from soil.
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