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Potato exports guide

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

Potato exports guide
K to N

Morocco

Seed potatoes (updated 26 November 2020)

Growing crop tolerances

Class tolerances apply. 

Tuber tolerances

Minimum tolerances for seed export apply, except for:

  • Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea): NIL
  • Silver scurf (Helminthosporium solani): 5% may have 33% of surface area affected 

Other requirements

Varieties: only varieties on the official Moroccan variety list (ADD LINK) may be imported.
Size: between 28 to 55 mm for oblong varieties, 30 to 65 mm for round varieties.
Chemicals: no chemicals are allowed which influence germination.
Packaging: 25 or 50 kg bags. Clean packaging which allows inspection and, if necessary, fumigation of the contents. Wooden packaging supporting the commodity must meet the requirements of ISPM 15 and bear the logo of this standard.
Certificates: the name of the importer should be given on the Phytosanitary Certificate. The statement "to order" is not allowed.
Procedures upon arrival: all consignments will be inspected upon arrival in Morocco. Samples will be taken for PCN (soil) and virus testing (200 tubers per crop).
Points of entry: Ports of: Agadir, Al-Hoceima, Casablanca, El-Jadida, Kenitra, Laayoune, Larache, Nador, Tanger; Frontier posts of: Beni Anzar (Nador), Finideq (Tanger), Jouj Baghal (Oujda); Airports of: Agadir, Casablanca, Cujda, Fes, Marrakech, Rabat-Sale, Tanger, Tetouan. 
Loading: The method of loading the plant material must allow easy access to inspectors to the container for inspection.

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

  1. The seed potatoes comply with the requirements of chapter II: ART. 14. 1.1, ART. 14. 1.2, ART. 14. 1.2. a and ART. 14. 1.2. b of order 0 ° 593-17 of 15 kaada 1438 (8 August 2017) relating to the sanitary inspection of plants, plant products and other objects upon importation.
  2. Wart Disease (Synchytrium endobioticum) is not known to have occurred on the land in which the potatoes were grown.
  3. Samples of soil from the land in which the potatoes were grown, were drawn and tested prior to planting by the Scottish Government and revealed no trace of viable cysts of Potato cyst nematodes (Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida).
  4. Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), Potato ring rot (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus), Potato brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum), Potato smut (Angiosorus solani) and Potato spindle tuber viroid are not known to exist in Scotland.
  5. Potato tuber nematode (Ditylenchus destructor), Root knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) and Tomato canker (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. michiganensis) have not been recorded in commercial stocks of potatoes in Scotland.
  6. The consignment has been sieved, cleared and parked either at the port, frontier post or airport of dispatch under the supervision of an officer of the Plant Health Service in the country of origin or in a packing station mentioned and approved by the Plant Health Service and in this event has undergone a random inspection by a Plant Health Officer in the same service.
  7. The consignment has been inspected and found to be free from Powdery Scab (Spongospora subterranea), Bacterial spot (Xanthomonas campestris pv. Vesicatoria), Potato mop top virus, Cirsium arvense, Cuscuta spp and Orobanche spp.
  8. The crops were inspected and tested and found free from Dickeya dianthicola and Dickeya chrysanthmi.  
  9. Wooden packaging supporting the commodity meet the requirements of ISPM 15 and bear the logo of this standard.
  10.  Tubers are free of soil, manure, haulm and other debris.

Ware potatoes

Wart disease

Wart disease (Synchytrium endobioticum) must not be known to have occurred in the field in which the crop was grown. 

PCN

The field in which the potatoes were grown must have been tested for the presence of Potato cyst nematodes (Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida) pre-planting or where this has not been carried out lot freedom from PCN using a consignment test must be demonstrated (PCN testing for export applies). There will be a charge for these tests.

Tuber tolerances

Minimum tolerances for ware export apply. 

Other requirements

Certificates: the name of the importer should be given on the phytosanitary certificate. The statement "to order" is not allowed. 

Procedures upon arrival: all consignments will be inspected upon arrival in Morocco. 

Points of entry: Ports of: Agadir, Al-Hoceima, Casablanca, El-Jadida, Kenitra, Laayoune, Larache, Nador, Tanger; Frontier posts of: Beni Anzar (Nador), Finideq (Tanger), Jouj Baghal (Oujda); Airports of: Agadir, Casablanca, Cujda, Fes, Marrakech, Rabat-Sale, Tanger, Tetouan. 

Additional declarations to be inserted on the reverse of the phytosanitary certificate for ware 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 on which these potatoes were grown were drawn and tested prior to planting by the official services and no trace was found of Potato cyst nematodes (Glodobera pallidaandG. rostochiensis) or lot freedom from PCN has been demonstrated by consignment test.
  3. Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), Potato ring rot (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus), Potato brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum), Potato smut (Angiosorus solani) and Potato spindle tuber viroid are not known to exist in Scotland.
  4. Potato tuber nematode (Ditylenchus destructor), Root knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) and Tomato canker (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. michiganensis) have not been recorded in commercial stocks of potatoes in Scotland.
  5. The consignment has been sieved, cleared and parked either at the port, frontier post or airport of dispatch under the supervision of an officer of the Plant Health Service in the country of origin or in a packing station mentioned and approved by the Plant Health Service and in this event has undergone a random inspection by a Plant Health Officer in the same service.
  6. Wooden packaging supporting the commodity meet the requirements of ISPM 15 and bear the logo of this standard.
  7.  Tubers are free of soil, manure, haulm and other debris