Import and Export of Plant
Plant quarantine requirement are framed under the Plant (Importation and Pest Control) Ordinance (Cap.207) administered by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. All principles and procedures are based on the Plant Protection Agreement for the Asia and Pacific region and the International Plant Protection Convention.
In accordance with the Ordinance, plant includes timber, trees, shrubs, leaves, roots, flowers, fruits, tubers, bulbs, corms, stocks, cuttings, layers, slips, suckers, seeds and any part of a plant whether or not intended for growing, planting or propagation or from which further plants may be grown, planted or propagated.
For import of plants, a Plant Import Licence (PIL) issued by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and a valid Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the competent authority in the country of its origin are required. With the exception of the scheduled species specified under the Ordinance, no Plant Import Licence is required for import of seeds if they are accompanied by a valid Phytosanitary Certificate.
For export/ re-export of plants, it is frequently an international requirement that any consignment of plants or planting materials importing into any place shall be accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate/ Phytosanitary Certificate for Re-Export issued by the exporting/ re-exporting place stating that the consignment is found substantially free from diseases and pests and / or conforms with the current phytosanitary regulations of the importing place. In view of this, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department provides services for the issue of Phytosanitary Certificate/ Phytosanitary Certificate for Re-Export to exporters in need of it.
For enquiries in respect of plant import and export, please contact Plant and Pesticides Regulatory Division :