Export in Latvia is when plants and plant products are taken out from Latvia to a third country (country which is not the Member State of the European Union (hereinafter - third countries).

Re-export is when the products are imported into Latvia from a third country, then stored, split up, combined with other consignments or have its packing changed here and then exported to another third country.

There is a need for a phytosanitary certificate that confirms compliance with the importing countries phytosanitary requirements for specific plants and plant products to export them from Latvia to third countries.

Phytosanitary import requirements are country specific requirements for consignments of plants , plant products or other regulated articles (e.g. substrate attached to plants; used transport) planned to be imported into this specific country.

Phytosanitary import requirements can be found by selecting the country of interest in the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)  website.

Several countries and international organizations have also created user friendly compilated lists of requirements (it is advisable to look for the most up-to-date versions of the requirements, as they may be subject to change). Here you can find:

Requirements of specific countries or unions of nations

Starting from 1 January 2021, the phytosanitary conditions for trade with the United Kingdom have changed, as the country has left the European Union's single market.

Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, remains subject to EU phytosanitary requirements, while the rest of the country, Great Britain, has its own specific phytosanitary requirements.

Some, but not all, plants and plant products require phytosanitary certificates for export to the United Kingdom from European Union countries. In the information published by the United Kingdom, these are designated as high priority plants and plant products.  

Guidance on import plants and plant products from the EU to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which includes high-priority goods list, is available on website of the government of the United Kingdom.

Wooden packing material - pallets, crates, cargo supports, spacers, etc. - used for the transport of goods must be marked in accordance with International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15).

The requirements of ISPM 15 do not apply to spacers and footings used for the transport of timber, provided that they are made of the same type and quality material as the cargo (same species of wood, same quality, dimensions may differ).

From 1 July 2017, import requirements common to the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union apply.

List of plants and plant products subject to phytosanitary inspection before import into the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (in Russian)

Common requirements of the EEU countries (in Russian)

Prohibition of imports of planting stock and potatoes by the Russian Federation

The National Plant Protection Organisation of the Russian Federation has established a temporary ban on the import of planting stock (including plants in containers) and potatoes into the Russian Federation from the Member States of the European Union since 1 July 2013.

Ban on imports of fruit, vegetables and other products into the Russian Federation

Russia has introduced a ban on imports of certain agricultural products, raw materials and food products from the EU.

Forms (in Latvian)