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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


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 Liaison Officer at SASA

Any queries regarding the phytosanitary requirements for potato export to both non-EU and EU countries should be directed to: 
Amanda MacLennan
Potato Export Liaison Officer for Scotland
SASA (Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture)
Telephone: 03002440301


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: 13 August 2020