It’s been around 17 months since the European plant health regulation, with the new plant passport as an integral part, came into force. It seems like nowadays, the correct plant passport is attached to almost all plants on the Dutch trade markets. Whether they originate from the Netherlands or abroad.
The European plant health regulation was introduced at the end of 2019 to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful organisms. One of the aims was to make it easier for all member states to take the right measures when a plant disease is discovered. Or when there’s an outbreak, that it’s easier to trace it back to its origin.
That’s why the use of a plant passport, which was already compulsory for products intended for planting, was extended to all pot, bedding and indoor plants intended for sales to consumers. The only situation where a plant passport isn’t required is when the plant is sold directly to the consumer.
More than expected
Naktuinbouw originally estimated a total of 750 newly registered companies. But in the end, more than 900 end-product companies registered with the organisation. Some new requests are still coming in every now and again. Naktuinbouw is still expecting some more applications from web shops/internet companies. As their plant sales to end users are subject to the plant passport requirement. Many internet companies aren’t aware of this (yet). (..)
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