Potato exports guide

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


Scotland exports seed and ware potatoes to different countries around the world.

This guide provides information on the conditions and phytosanitary requirements for the importation of Scottish potatoes into individual countries.


Compliance with the phytosanitary requirements is checked during official growing crop and tuber inspections. Occasionally some additional testing may be required to assure compliance with a specific requirement, for example the absence of viruses.

A phytosanitary certificate will only be issued after satisfactory completion of all pre-export inspections and tests. Where it is known that an importing country has no specific phytosanitary requirement or condition for a specific disease, pest, type of damage or defect that is listed in Scottish regulations, the Scottish minimum export tolerances for seed and ware potatoes will be applied.

Import permits

For certain countries, information on import requirements can only be obtained from the import permit.

Any changes negotiated by an exporter to existing arrangements with importing countries must be confirmed to the Scottish Government in writing by the plant health authority of the importing country before they can be applied.

Potato Export at SASA

Any queries regarding the phytosanitary requirements for potato export should be directed to: 

John Ellicott
SPCS and Export Manager for Scotland
Email: john.ellicott@sasa.gov.scot  
Telephone: 03002448963

Ryan Chapman
Deputy SPCS and Export Manager for Scotland
Email: ryan.chapman@sasa.gov.scot  
Telephone: 03002446350


The contents of this site are provided on the understanding that the information was correct at the time of posting. 

The conditions are set by the importing countries and not by the Scottish Government.

Exporters should note that conditions may be altered by the importing country without the Scottish Government receiving notification.

Last updated: 12 April 2022

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