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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
O to S

Saudi Arabia

Seed potatoes (updated 24 November 2020)

Growing crop tolerances

Class tolerances apply.

Tuber tolerances

Inspector's Instructions SD/2007/01 apply.

Minimum tolerances for seed export apply, except for:

  • Bacterial soft rots including Blackleg: NIL
  • Spraing (PMTV and TRV): NIL
  • Adhering and loose soil: 1% 

Other requirements

Import permit: required.

Class: only class Elite or higher is accepted.

Size: tubers should be in the range of 28 to 55 mm. Only 1% of tubers may have sprouts longer than 10 mm.

Packaging: 50 kg jute bags with the name of exporter clearly printed on them. Potato batch number (crop number), date of production (date of closing) and expiry date (six months from production date) should be stated on each container in Arabic in non-removable writing.

Labelling: each bag should have an outer label.

Documentation: a radiation, GMO and seed certificate must be added to the phytosanitary certificate.

Associated regulations and legislation

Plant Quarantine Scheme No 207, dated 26/1/1396 H (28/1/1976)

Decree No 4/3/49943, dated 9/7/1415 H (12/8/1994), for the Regulations of Imported Seed Potatoes

Commercial Potato Import Permit 2010

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

  1. Potato wart disease (Synchytrium endobioticum) is not known to have occurred on the land where the crop was 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).
  3. Potato brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum), Potato ring rot (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus), Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), Potato tuber moth (Phthorimaea operculella), Root knot nematodes  Meloidogyne chitwoodii and M. fallax), and Potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTV) are not known to occur in Scotland.
  4. The crops from which the potatoes were drawn were examined during growth by Scottish Government inspectors, and were found to conform to the standards required by the Scottish Government's classification schemes.
  5. In addition, at the time of inspection, the potatoes in the consignment were found to be free from Blackleg (Pectobacterium atrosepticum), Soft rot (Pectobacterium carotovorum), Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) and Tobacco rattle virus (TRV), and found to contain not more than 0.5% of Gangrene (Phoma foveata), Early blight (Alternaria solani), Late blight (Phytophthora infestans), Pink rot (Phytophthora erythroseptica) and Dry rot (Fusarium solani var. coeruleum), and not more than 0.5% infection by PVX, PVY, PVA, PVM and Potato leafroll virus for Class SE and not more than 2% for Class E.
  6. The tubers have been treated with a pesticide and are not valid for human or animal consumption. 
  7. The shipment is free from tomato brown rugose virus

Ware potatoes

Tuber tolerances

Minimum tolerances for ware export apply.

Other requirements

Documentation: A GMO certificate must be provided along with the phytosanitary certificate for ware potatoes