In the UK and want to exhibit Bonsai in the EU?

Now that the UK is no longer in the European Union, this is what you need to do if you are invited to exhibit your Bonsai at a European show. There is a cost to do this and it varies depending on your location in the UK. (how close you are to an agency that can issue the phytosanitary certificate as they have to come to you)

Below is a copy of the information I have received from Federaal Agentschap voor de Veiligheid van de Voedselketen (F.A.V.V.) today 8th February 2021. This is only to get your trees INTO the EU and into a single country, in this instance I enquired about Belgium. Returning with your trees is a totally different matter, I have been in contact with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the bottom line is that they are in disarray and they cannot give me a definitive answer directing me to this website: even this is constantly changing.

So if you want to exhibit this is what you need to do:

The first step is to obtain a phytosanitary certificate from the plant protection service in the country of origin. The contact details of the plant protection services of third countries (= England) are available on the IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) website ( The original phytosanitary certificate must accompany the plants.

Subsequently, the plants must be notified to the border control post of entry into the European Union via Traces nt ( later than 24 hours before arrival. The list of border control posts can be found here (

The plants must be presented at the border control post for plant health check. 

The following points are checked:

  • Presence of a phytosanitary certificate that meets the requirements: regulation 2016/2031, annex V.
  • Compliance of the composition of the consignment with what is stated on the phytosanitary certificate.
  • Absence of plants for which import is prohibited: Regulation 2019/2072, Annex VI & Implementing Regulation 2018/2019 Annex I
  • Absence of EU quarantine organisms: Implementing Regulation 2019/2072, Annex II
  • Compliance with phytosanitary import requirements: implementing regulation 2019/2072, Annex VII

Fees have to be paid for plant health check (Royal Decree of 10/11/2005 on fees, Annex 1.I) (; consolidated version: 

After a favourable phytosanitary inspection, the plants can be declared to customs for release for free circulation.

I advise you to contact the British authorities for the return of the plants (Belgium to England).

There you have it.

5 comments on “In the UK and want to exhibit Bonsai in the EU?

  1. Pingback: In the UK and want to exhibit Bonsai in the EU? – BonsaiPorn

  2. We in the bonsai world are all very frustrated atm with the present situation. Some of us are seeking solace with zoom meetings or other bonsai related on-line activities. No way will anybody in their right mind ever consider doing this atm or in the near future, surely. I can only think those persons who would madly consider this venture at present, in an uncontrollable pandemic, may be missing out on a good little earner when say, in Belgium.


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