Good morning, 

Please see below for the latest Defra Plant Health guidance: 

2 weeks to go: Are you ready for 1 January 2022?

From 1 January 2022, new plant health controls on products imported from the EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are being phased in. This starts with ‘regulated and notifiable’ EU produce and cut flowers requiring pre-notification.  

Will Surman, Head of Strategy and Delivery for Defra Plant Health, explains these changes:  

Here are some helpful resources to ensure that you are prepared for 1 January:  

If you have any questions, please email the plant health mailbox..  

IPAFFS feedback wanted: upper limit for commodity lines  

As part of ongoing development work on IPAFFS, we’re seeking feedback as to the maximum number of commodity lines you require when submitting an import notification.  


Currently on PEACH the limit via a .csv file upload is 200 lines, and the current version of IPAFFS is limited to 50 lines of commodity data. We have received feedback that these upper limits are too low, so we’re increasing the number on IPAFFS.  


The development team is currently working to an upper limit of 500 commodity lines per notification, and we’d like your feedback as to whether this is sufficient for your needs, or if you require more.  


You can feedback your thoughts and ask any questions by emailing the project team

Changes to border arrangements with the island or Ireland

On Wednesday 15 December, the Government extended the border arrangements which currently apply to goods moving from the island of Ireland to Great Britain while discussions on the Protocol are ongoing.  

That means goods moving from the island of Ireland to Great Britain will continue to do so on the basis of the arrangements that apply currently until further notice; and will not, for now, be affected by the changes being introduced on 1 January for all other inbound goods. For plant health controls the result is that: 

  • The new pre-notification requirements being introduced on EU imports from 1 January 2022 will not apply to goods imported from Ireland (IE) to GB. 

  • Existing requirements for ‘high-priority’ plants remain unchanged, i.e. imports of these goods from IE to GB and indirect movements from Northern Ireland (NI) moved via the IE to GB, will continue to require pre-notification, to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate, and will be subject to risk-based import checks.  

  • Direct movements from NI to GB of NI Qualifying plants and plant products, will continue to have unfettered access to GB. 

Read the ministerial statement.

Consultation on certain fees in England and Wales

We would like to notify you of a consultation that has been launched today on short-term changes to certain plant health fees in England and Wales.

Please see here for more details. 

Responses should be sent by 4 February 2022 by email to


Defra Plant Health 


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