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Export plant quarantine procedure differs with the kind of plants (and/or plant products) as well as the country of destination.

Export plant quarantine outlined

Many countries impose various phytosanitary requirements on the entry of plants (and/or plant products) originated in Japan. These requirements vary with the kind of plants and the quarantine pests of their concern and may include import prohibition, inspection at growing site and/or disinfection treatment prior to shipping, etc. Information on the requirements from foreign countries is available at the Plant Protection Station.
The Plant Protection Station conducts inspection of export plant products upon the application from exporters and issues export phytosanitary certificate when the shipment is confirmed to meet with the requirements of importing country.

Export inspection

Phytosanitary requirements of importing countries for plants and plant products generally consist of the following measures.

  1. Entry prohibited
  2. Entry approved under import permit
  3. Entry approved with the attachment of export phytosanitary certificate issued by the plant quarantine service of the exporting country
  4. Disinfection treatment required in exporting country
  5. Phytosanitary inspection required at growing site in exporting country
  6. Restrictions posed on method of transportation, stage and portion of plants, time of importation and mode of packing, etc.

The plants subject to these restrictions and the contents of requirements differ with the importing country. All the information is collected and filed in the Plant Protection Station. Export phytosanitary inspection is conducted on the basis of each particular request from importing country.
Export inspection is usually carried out at the Plant Protection Station of the seaport or airport of shipping. Larger shipments may be inspected at the warehouses or other facilities upon the request of exporters.
For the inspection at growing site, exporter is requested to apply for the inspection prior to the beginning of the growing season. Care should be taken that lily and tulip are required to undergo growing site inspection by the Plant Protection Law and that these flower bulbs are not eligible for export inspection unless the crop concerned have been cleared by the inspection in the field.

Procedure of export inspection

Application for export inspection should be made by submitting 'Application for Export Plant Inspection' to the Plant Protection Station.

If you have the import permit or its certified copy issued by importing country, be sure to attach it to the application form.
When the inspection at growing site is required, you are requested to apply in advance so that the plants for export can be inspected at the appropriate stage of growing period.
Export inspection is carried out, as a rule, at the Plant Protection Station located at seaports or airports throughout the country. When the shipment is large in quantity, it may be carried out at packing or storage facilities upon the request from exporters.

'Official Phytosanitary Certificate' will be issued for the shipment which has passed the inspection. You will send your shipment together with the certificate.

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