The Austrian Plant Protection Act is based on EU Directive 2000/29/EU and defines
- Measures to protect against the movement of (dangerous) harmful organisms of all kinds of plants and plant products;
- Prohibition of the import of quarantine pests and of plants (wood) which may act as host plants or transport media, and
- Import restrictions and/or specific requirements for the import of potential host plants.
The annexes to this Directive 2000/29/EU list
- Quarantine pests,
- Plants and plant products subject to import bans,
- Plants and plant products subject to phytosanitary certification and inspection on import into the EU.
Requirements on roundwood upon import into Austria (into the EU)
The most important steps:
- Notification of the import – information of the phytosanitary service in order to fix a date for the inspection,
- Document control, identity control, certificate control,
- Verification of the importer’s registration number,
- Verification of the consignment,
- In case of complaints (infestation, boreholes, improper handling) - sampling and rejection or destruction,
- Issue of the notice of fees,
- Stamping of the phytosanitary certificate (release or prohibition),
- Copy of the main transport documents and retention of the stamped phytosanitary certificate.
Performance of the control
- Document control
- Identity control
- Certificate control: Comparison of the information on the freight documents with that on the certificate; is the certificate in conformity with the law?
(Date of issue, EU language) - possible reason for refusal
- Verification of the registration number: Any importer, whether professional or not, of goods listed in Annex V, Part B, of Directive 2000/29/EU or in Annex 2 of the Plant Protection Ordinance 2011, must be listed in the official register of the relevant Federal Province with a corresponding number.
published at 25.08.2020, Kommunikation und Service (Abteilung Präs. 5)