When plants become a commodity
Do you know that some plants need a passport to travel across the European Union?
Internationally, a phytosanitary certificates have been agreed to be documents, which confirm, that plants in transfer of state borders are healthy and do not threaten the plant health in a country of destination.
Regulated plants from third countries may not enter neither the EU nor other states without an approval by officials of National Plant Protection Organisation, who are inspectors at border control posts.Protecting plants, protecting life (FAO-IPPC International Year of Plant Health 2020)
Vegetable shipments cross the borders under the watchful eyes of phytosanitary inspectors.
Export of pepperoni at Nairobi airport did not pass an official inspection before an export to the EU .
The shipment has been rejected due to infestation of the EU quarantine pest.
The refusal may be avoided if the exporter knows the control measures of plant diseases and pests, which are common in cultivation, but quarantine for the EU.