Plant export commodities can enter a country as air freight, sea freight or as baggage with airline passengers. Many importing country authorities have rules around whether a plant export commodity can enter the country via these points of entry.

For example, some importing country authorities do not allow plant export commodities to enter the country as baggage with airline passengers. Further information can be found in MICoR Plants.

Importing country authorities may have a range of clearance procedures in place once a plant export commodity arrives at the importing country's border.

These procedures may include the following:

  • physical inspections
  • sampling for laboratory tests/analysis
  • assessment of export certification.

If the commodity is cleared through these procedures then the importing country will release it to the importer.

If the commodity fails any of these procedures, the importing country may:

  • treat the commodity in the importing country
  • re-export the commodity to the country of origin
  • destroy the commodity.

DAWR may work with importing country authorities and exporters to try and resolve any sanitary or phytosanitary issues with commodities that are being held at the border.

What you need to do

  • Ensure that the commodity meets all importing country requirements.
  • Ensure that all required documentation is provided to the importing country authority.