The task of phytosanitary import control is upon carrying out plant health control on the State border, to prevent from bringing into the European Union of harmful organisms thus increasing output and productivity of agriculture as well as protection of environment.

Subject of phytosanitary control are:

  • standing trees and other plants, tubers, roots
  • cut flowers and ornamental plants
  • seed material
  • wood and wood packaging material
  • fruits and vegetables

Import into Latvia or through Latvia BCPs to another EU Member State phytosanitary consignment is required:

  • Phytosanitary Certificate of exporting country or
  • Phytosanitary re-export Certificate;

Importers shall register in State Plant Protection Service in the register of persons involved in the circulation of plants and plant products subject to phytosanitary control.

Before entering the plants, plant products and other objects listed in Annexes XI and XII of Regulation 2019/2072 / EU through the border inspection posts the operator responsible for the consignment shall complete the information required in the Part I of the Common Health Entry Document CHED-PP in information system TRACES NT (Trade Control and Expert System New Technology), it must be sent to the first BCP where the consignment crosses the EU's external border. When the first BCP is in Latvia, Part I of CHED-PP should be sent to BCP of Food and Veterinary Service. Responsible for the consignment is in charge for the truthfulness of the indicated information and the authenticity of the attached documents.

Phytosanitary controls are carried out on consignments in transit from a third country to a third country and on returned consignments originating in the European Union.

The Food and Veterinary Office does not carry out phytosanitary controls on export consignments to third countries. Export and re-export Phytosanitary Certificates for plants, plant products intended for export issues State Plant Protection Service.

Phytosanitary control shall be subject to different consignments with wood packaging material. Imports to Latvia or the Member States, the consignment with wood packaging materials, they must be processed and marked according to international standard ISPM 15.

A fee for phytosanitary controls shall be levied in accordance with Annex IV, Chapter I, Section VIII of the Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products.

​​​​​EU Legal Acts

Regulation (eu) 2016/2031 of the european parliament of the council of 26 october 2016 on protective measures against pests of plants, amending regulations (eu) no 228/2013, (eu) no 652/2014 and (eu) no 1143/2014 of the european parliament and of the council and repealing council directives 69/464/eec, 74/647/eec, 93/85/eec, 98/57/ec, 2000/29/ec, 2006/91/ec and 2007/33/ec

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 of 28 November 2019 establishing uniform conditions for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and the Council, as regards protective measures against pests of plants, and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 690/2008 and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2019

ISPM 15 Regulation of wood packaging material in international trade