Importing plants into France
Transport of plants and seeds within the European Union is regulated by Directives 2000/29/EC of 8 May 2000 and 2010/1/EU of 8 January 2010.
Although most plants, plant materials, seeds, bulbs can be carried freely within the European Union, a European phytosanitary passport may be required for certain plants that might carry diseases and parasites. Prior to any movement of plants or seeds, etc., even for private purposes, you are advised to contact the local office of the relevant authorities.
The Plant and Seed Health Inspectorate regional office
or head office
The Food and Environment Research Agency
Tel: +44 (0) 1904 465625
Fax: +44 (0) 1904 465628
Services Régionaux de la Protection des Végétaux
or head office
Ministère de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche
Sous Direction de la Qualité et de la Protection des Végétaux
251, rue de Vaugirard
75732 Paris Cedex 15
Tél : +33 (0)1 49 55 81 57
You will need to check if your plant belongs to an endangered species. Please, see specific requirements below.
For further information on CITES, please visit the following website: http://www.cites.org.
The index of species to find out if your animal/plant belongs to a CITES species is available at http://www.unep-wcmc.org
Regarding the journey, please contact the appropriate transport companies to check if you are allowed to travel with a plant.
Some species are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). They cannot be exported without a certificate. This certificate must be issued at the time of purchase of the plant/animal.
You need to check if your animal or plant belongs to a CITES species. A specimen of a CITES-listed species may be imported into France only if the appropriate document has been obtained and presented for clearance at the port of entry.
If your animal/plant belongs to a CITES-listed species or if your need more information about the CITES, please contact the Management Authorities of the UK (see address below).
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Global Wildlife Division
1st Floor, Temple Quay House
2 The Square
BRISTOL BS1 6EB
Tel: +44 (117) 372 87 74
Fax: +44 (117) 372 82 06
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