Imported secondhand machinery will need clean bill of health

From the start of next month, used farm, forestry and horticultural machinery or vehicles imported from any third country will need a phytosanitary certificate or other official documentation stating they have been cleaned and are free from soil and plant debris.

Image: Wolfgang Ehrecke / Pixabay (CC0)
Image: Wolfgang Ehrecke / Pixabay (CC0)

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) inspectors will in future carry out plant health inspections of all such equipment brought into England and Wales, recording them on the Procedure for Electronic Application for Certificates (PEACH) system.

Importers should notify the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI) and register on the PEACH system, for which Defra has published guidance.

Machinery and vehicles landing in Scotland should be notified to the Forestry Commission’s Plant Health Service, which will arrange an import inspection.

The regulation covers:

  • agricultural and forestry tractors, wheeled, of an engine power not exceeding 18 kW, and tractors for semi-trailers;
  • agricultural, horticultural or forestry machinery for soil preparation or cultivation;
  • other forestry machinery, though not chainsaws; 
  • lawn or sports-ground rollers;
  • root or tuber harvesting machines.

Importers of forest and farming machinery who need any further information or guidance can contact the PHSI helpline on 01904 405138.

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