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UK: Increase Forestry Commission Checks for Ash Firewood

Updated: Feb 4

In this short article You will find helpful information in case You are importing ash firewood in the UK.

 

As from 2.12.2021 the requirements for importing Fraxinus (ash) have changed.


Hence previously for the purpose of importing ash firewood a phytosanitary certificate was not required. However as of 2.12.2021 a phytosanitary certificate is required with a special additional declaration stating that the timber has been sourced from Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire free areas, none of which is closer than 100 km to the Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire foci.

Sample of a phytosanitary certificate issued by State Plant Protection Service of the Republic of Latvia.
Sample of a phytosanitary certificate issued by State Plant Protection Service of the Republic of Latvia:

It is important to remember that the Importer must inform all necessary institutions and provide all relevant documents.


Useful links

  • Guidance on: Selling wood for domestic use in England, here.

  • Guidance on: Import plants and plant products from the EU to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, here.

Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire
Adult emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). (Photo credit: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org)

 

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