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)

Growing crop tolerances

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

Verticillium wilt (Verticillium albo-atrum):NIL

Tuber tolerances

Minimum tolerances for seed export apply, except for:

  • Dry rot (Fusarium spp.) : NIL
  • Gangrene (Phoma foveata): NIL
  • Skin spot (Polyscytalum pustulans): NIL
  • Soft rot (Pseudomonas spp.): NIL

Other requirements

Import permit: required. 

Notification: all crops intended for export to Vietnam should be notified to SASA at the start of the growing season. Failure to do so may mean a Phytosanitary Certificate cannot be issued for export 

Packaging: If wood packaging is used (e.g. boxes, pallets), this should be treated and certified. Wood material should comply with International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM 15) on wood packaging materials.

All bags/containers should be marked “For Vietnam” 

The tubers should be practically free from soil, plant debris and other dirt

Additional declarations to be included on the reverse of Phytosanitary Certificate for Seed Potatoes

  1. The seed potatoes in this consignment have been produced in Scotland in accordance with the conditions governing entry of entry of seed potatoes to Vietnam and inspected and found to be free of Vietnam’s quarantine pests as well as soil and plant debris.
  2. Pest freedom (Annex 1 of the Vietnamese import requirements for Scottish seed potatoes, 2013) in seed potatoes produced in Scotland is confirmed by field testing and post harvest inspection.
  3. Samples of soil from the land in which the potatoes were grown were drawn and tested prior to planting and were found to be free from Potato Cyst Nematodes (Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida).
  4. Seed potato maggot (Delia platura), European cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha), Stem nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci), Alfalfa mosaic alfamovirus, Phytopthora megasperma and Phytopthora drechsleri have never been recorded in commercial stocks of potatoes grown in Scotland.
  5. At the time of visual inspection of the tubers there were no visible signs of Dry rot (Fusarium spp.), Gangrene (Phoma foveata), Skin spot (Polyscytalum pustulans), Stubby root nematodes (Trichodorous viruliferus
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