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Can anyone tell me if it’s legal to bring plants from the UK in to France?
We are having our garden landscaped and would like to bring some plants/cuttings from our garden in the UK, but we not sure if the port/border guards will allow it.
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12 May 2009, 14:26
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There used to be many restrictions on plants, cotoneaster was one I remember the French wouldn't allow in due to pest problems but to be honest,the controls these days are more for anti-terrorism and drugs rather than plants. If you are worried about being caught I should contact the French consulate in London and ask them about restricted plants. An awful lot of people bring and take plants back and forth already.


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thanks for the info Clover, I'll hide them in nuclear waste containers nobody will look there :wink:


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The regulations are there to prevnet importing disease into mainland Europe and France in particular. If you do a search on this site you will find all of the information including a full list of banned plants under annex V.

Remember Foot and Mouth was imported to the UK by someone who thought the rules did not need to appply to them.

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hi Thanks Andyh4
I've looked around the site but cannot find the information,
can you give me an idea where to find annex V
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http://www.douane.gouv.fr/page.asp?id=105

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/sit ... 414-en.pdf




Thanks to Janes for the first link - found under search "import plants".

The second was from a yahoo search of the directive mentioned in the first link. Appendixes start around page 37 - so you do not have to read all of the general articles.

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Of the links given, the second is almost unintelligible except to a botanist!
However, I like the FAQ at the bottom of the first:

Q: How many plants may I bring from the United Kingdom to France?

R: As a private individual, you can introduce the number of plants corresponding to a personal use.

How on earth do you define a personal use? Except for food plants, where you might argue one individual couldn't possibly need an acre of potatoes, you could have a personal garden with thousands of plants.
But it seems you have to declare them on your customs' form: doesn't say whether you need to be able to name them all.


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30 years ago in brittany i met some germans in a vw bus with geraniums and grass plants in window boxes. :lol:


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Of the links given, the second is almost unintelligible except to a botanist!
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Most of the plants listed are very exotic and therefore latin names have to be used - remember this list is prepared for import from the whole world and not just from the UK garden.

PS from the UK you do not need a customs form - but if you are moving a lot of materials (like moving house) a manifest can sometime ease the ways in the unlikely event of French customs asking what is in the back of the truck.

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