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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.

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.

12 May 2009, 15:38
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thanks for the info Clover, I'll hide them in nuclear waste containers nobody will look there :wink:

12 May 2009, 16:58

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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.


13 May 2009, 10:41
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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

13 May 2009, 11:37

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Post ... 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.


13 May 2009, 12:36
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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.

06 Aug 2010, 20:41
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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:

10 Aug 2010, 23:56

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AnnG wrote:
Of the links given, the second is almost unintelligible except to a botanist!

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.


11 Aug 2010, 07:31
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