Statutory guidance

Importing wood, wood products and bark

Requirements for landing controlled material into Great Britain from non-EU countries.



44-page document about plant health controls for timber and wood product importers and exporters.


  • Why are there plant health controls?
  • Scope

What is controlled?

  • Controlled genera and species
  • Wood packaging material (including dunnage) entering the EU
  • Prohibited material
  • Scientific licences

Importers’ responsibilities

  • Registration
  • Import documents

Plant health inspections

  • Places of inspection
  • Checks at point of entry and approved places inland
  • Unidentified genera
  • Certificate of clearance (form PHF28)
  • Timber import inspection fees

What happens when landing requirements are not met?

  • Statutory notice
  • Offences
  • Penalties

Further reading and useful sources of information

Appendix 1 – Controlled landing and movement of relevant material in Great Britain

Published 1 January 2007