I write a lot here on the blog about plants import, but I always think that not many people are looking for articles like this 🙂 I’m sure I’ll forget it again, so I’m sharing this information as a note.
If it ever happens that you need to move plants from Germany to the UK, I’m sure it will be of some use to you.
You have to obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) from the German side!
Well, up until now, this was not necessary because the UK was also in Europe. However, now that the UK is no longer in Europe, you will need a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) just like any other country.
This is required whether you are sending plants from Japan to Germany or from Thailand to Japan or Germany, without which you are basically not allowed to import or export plants for personal use. Without it, you are not allowed to import or export plants.
Where do I obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC)?
In order to obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) in Germany, you will first need to register using the link below.
Press the button “Registrieren” in the middle of the side menu and select
- You will need to provide your email address, name, address, login ID and password which you can decide yourself and a link will be sent to that email address. I filled in my email address incorrectly, so I didn`t receive the email. I then contacted them and asked them to delete all my details and register again.
- Press that link to log in and you will be taken to your own page.
How to apply for a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC)!
I am a person who doesn’t understand much German anymore, but I managed to do it by myself, so it is easy for anyone. Actually I had seen the Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) when I brought the plants from Japan to Germany, so maybe that made it easier.
I think I knew what they were looking for.
Here’s how to do it, check out the screen and let us know.
Once you have logged in, you will see a menu on the left hand side called Neuer Antrag. Click on it and you will see a screen similar to this one.
When you log in, you will initially be presented with your own login top screen and you must press Neuer Antrag for the first time.
And since this is an export, check Export.
Then, as this is an export, press the “Export” button.
First, on the first page you will find the nearest service provider to your area.
Select your area in the pull-down menu and the Dienstelle section will automatically show you the places we serve. Below that, enter the postcode of your area (or the place where you keep your plants).
This is a simple translation of German into Japanese, which should give you an idea of what to expect, but you will need to fill in a lot of details.
The first step is to find out who is requesting this application and
The second level is for people who want to send plants
The third step is the recipient of the receipt
The fourth level is the person who receives the plant
And I checked with my translator, sorry if I’m wrong. In case you’re wondering, I’m sending my plants to the UK where I’ll be living, so I’ve filled in all the details in my name.
Only the fourth and final column is a UK address.
All the boxes in red must be filled in.
On the next page you can fill in how you want to transport it and when you want the inspector to come.
I’m commenting in pink, if you don’t know where it comes from, where you bought it. I have chosen Germany. (Use the pull down next to it)
Also, how you want to carry it is by plane, so if you look at the pull down next to it, you will see plane and you can select that and it will automatically fill in the form.
I don’t actually remember filling in the exporter number here. I don’t remember actually filling this in, maybe it is automatically filled in in the end?
Choose the day you want to send it, the day you arrive in the UK by plane.
Select the day you want the phytosanitary examination to take place.
Basically, once the test is done and you get the Phytosanitary Certificate (PC), it has to arrive (or be sent?) to the site within 14 days. So it is not advisable to ask for it too early.
And although I didn’t have to fill in the form separately, I wrote in English in the last box because I had a few questions. I did get a reply later when I had completed all the applications!
This was the part I struggled with. I had no idea what I was supposed to do or how to do it, and the page didn’t explain anything at all, but once I did it was easy!
(1) In the pull down here, you choose which type of plant you want to export. I have chosen here because mine is just a finished houseplant, but if your export is a fruit or a tree, you will have to choose the other part.
②Here you can enter the name of the plant you wish to export. For example, if you enter monstera, you will see several types of monstera, but if there are many, you can just select monstera; if you enter Syngonium, Philodendron, etc., you will see all types of plants. If you fill in Syngonium, Philodendron, etc., all the plant species will appear, but first you have to complete one frame for each plant species, so here you only have to fill in and select monstera and the name will appear automatically in the big box next to it.
③There are many options here, such as kg or stuck, but I choose stuck, which means counting each one individually.
④Count how many monstera you have.
The important thing here is not to count the number of pots, but to count how many plant trunks there are. This is because the soil needs to be cleaned off before the inspector comes to check. It is better to count the number of stems, because when the inspector comes to check the plant, he may find that it has more fruits than stems.
And finally, save. to display the information you have just filled in.
Then, if there are still more types, all of them are listed like this. (Press Neue Ware to add more).
The rest of the form can be left blank if not required!
If there are any errors, you will get a message asking you to fill in the red text, but if there are no errors, you will get a message asking if you are sure you want to send the application. If there are no errors, you will get a message saying “Are you sure you want to submit?
I received an email saying that my application had been completed properly, probably because I had been in contact with them many times.
Maybe we are sending it to everyone.
If you are unsure, you can contact us via Kontact on the website and we will reply politely and immediately. You can send me an email in English or German, but I will try to translate it into German as much as I can.
Finally, we inform you about the benefits of registering with pgz-online and the rules of the phytosanitary certificate
Applications for the issue of a Phytosanitary Certificate (PC)/Phytosanitary Certificate can be submitted via the internet to the responsible office of the LWK Niedersachsen. All German phytosanitary services are linked via the PGZ-Online. Important information on how to use this service can be found in this article.
Since 2009, all applications for the export of plant products subject to certification and inspection can be made on the Internet. The internet application programmed for this purpose is jointly financed and operated by all federal states and offers the possibility to submit all data on the site.
www.pgz-online.de offers the possibility of entering all data and forwarding it to the responsible office in the federal state. You can apply for this service.
1. Export shipments to third countries subject to a phytosanitary certificate.
- Pre-export certificates for plants and plant parts requested by the phytosanitary services of Germany or other EU Member States.
How to register with PGZ-Online
All you need to do to access these services is to register in bulk with the online system as a company or individual. Once registered, you can submit your request uniformly in all federal states.
Please note Only one person per company can be registered via the registration form. This person will be the administrator of the company and can create all other company employees via the programme.
What are the benefits of this solution?
- One platform, one unified application.
- You will be assisted in finding the serviced office in charge.
- A uniform form is used in all federal states.
- Repetitive applications of the same type are simply reused by ‘copying’.
- You can check the status of your application to see how far it has been processed.
- Enquiries from the Plant Protection Service can be made via the system.
The above may not be very useful to many of you, but we hope you will remember the site for one day ^^.