The shipment of plants from Guadeloupe to France and the other countries of the European Union must now be accompanied, except in special cases, by a phytosanitary certificate.
The development of trade and travel, as well as climate change, increase the risk of plant diseases (insects, fungi, bacteria, viruses, etc.) appearing and spreading in areas which were hitherto free from them.
This is why the European Union has adopted new regulations on plant health, which strengthen the protection of the territory against the risk of the introduction and spread of plant diseases.
This regulation, already applied for professionals, now concerns all passenger luggage and parcels.
From now on, the shipment of plants and plant products from Guadeloupe to France and other countries of the European Union must be accompanied, except in special cases, by a phytosanitary certificate to be requested from the Food Directorate, from the agriculture and the forest of Guadeloupe at least 48 hours before the departure of the goods.
For information, the sending of plants from the mainland to Guadeloupe has long been subject to similar restrictions to prevent the introduction of pathogens from plants absent from our territory.
Transporting or sending prohibited plants leads to their seizure and is liable to criminal prosecution.
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