Guidance

Import firewood

How to import solid fuel wood, such as logs and kindling, into England or Scotland.

You must notify the Forestry Commission if you plan to import the following into England, Wales or Scotland:

  • non-regulated solid fuel wood from non-EU countries
  • regulated and non-regulated solid fuel wood material from the EU

Solid fuel wood includes:

  • logs
  • kindling
  • twigs
  • billets
  • faggots

The Forestry Commission will decide if there is a risk that your firewood could introduce harmful tree pests or diseases into the UK. They may inspect your consignment before allowing it to cross the border.

Register with the Forestry Commission

Before you notify the Forestry Commission about your consignment, enrol on the Statutory Firewood Notification Scheme. You’ll get an enrolment number to use in further correspondence. Enrolment is not compulsory, but you’re encouraged to enrol. You can only do this online.

Notify the Forestry Commission about your import

You must provide the Forestry Commission with a notification before the consignment arrives in England, Scotland or Wales or no later than four days after it has landed.

How to submit a notification

You can notify the Forestry Commission online or using a paper form.

Submit a notification online

You can submit your notification online.

Once you’ve completed and submitted the form for each new consignment, you’ll be sent an automated email reply with a unique reference number for that consignment. Use this number in any correspondence with the Forestry Commission.

Submit a notification by post or email

Complete the Statutory Firewood Notification Scheme form electronically or by hand.

You can email your form to plant.health@forestrycommission.gov.uk or post it to:

Plant Health Service
Forestry Commission
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh
EH12 7AT

How to complete the form

Most of the information required in the notification form is self-explanatory, but these notes are provided for clarification.

Estimated date of arrival

Enter the estimated date of material landing at a port or airport in England and Scotland.

Place of arrival

Enter the specific port, airport or Channel Tunnel terminus in England, Scotland or Wales where the consignment will be arriving. This should be the first point of arrival in the country of final destination. You should be as specific as possible as some ports cover a number of locations, so specify exact ports if known. This might also be the location of any inspection by a plant health inspector if it’s deemed necessary, although inspections might also take place at the first destination.

Name of importer

Enter the full name of the importer.

Address of importer

Enter a detailed postal address, including postcode.

Address of first destination after landing

Enter the details, including a postcode, of the first destination point after landing at a port or airport in England, Scotland or Wales. This could be a distribution centre or a final destination for the consignment, depending on the importer’s requirements.

The shipping container

Enter a number or numbers, if appropriate. You can leave this field blank.

Genus and species

Ideally, you should state botanical names of tree species if you know them. If not, you can use common names. Use the list of frequently used names for tree species if you’re unsure of the botanical name:

Conifers/softwoods – common name Botanical name
Norway Spruce Picea abies
Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis
Scots pine Pinus sylvestris
Corsican pine Pinus nigra
European larch Larix decidua
Japanese larch Larix kaempferi
Hybrid larch Larix eurolepsis
Douglas fir Pseudotsuga menziesii
Silver fir Abies alba
Western red cedar Thuja plicata
Non-conifers/hardwoods – Common name Botanical name
Ash Fraxinus
Oak Quercus
Birch Betula
Willow Salix
Maple/Sycamore Acer
Beech Fagus
Chestnut Castanea
Alder Alnus
Poplar/Aspen Populus

Type of material being imported

Enter whether the solid fuel wood is in the form of logs, kindling, or other.

Quantity

Enter the quantity in tonnes as accurately as possible.

Country where the material is imported from

Enter the country from where the solid fuel wood was last moved. This is not necessarily the country where the firewood was grown.

Country where the material was grown

Enter the country where the wood was originally grown and harvested.

Phytosanitary treatments

Enter details of the phytosanitary (plant health) treatments which might have been applied to the solid fuel wood or associated wood packaging material before export. These could be treatments undertaken to comply with ISPM15 requirements for third-country and certain EU country imports. Examples include bark free, heat treatment and kiln drying.

Published 26 September 2018
Last updated 5 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated information on when you must notify the Forestry Commission about importing solid fuel wood into England or Scotland has been added to this page.

  2. The link to submit your Statutory Firewood Notification online has been updated.

  3. First published.