For imports to and internal control in Germany, the general phytosanitary requirements of the EU apply (Council Directive 2000/29/EC of 8 May 2000 on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community).
The relevant legal provisions on plant health in Germany are laid down in the Plant Protection Act and the Plant Inspection Order and several orders for combating specified harmful organisms.
For exports, legislation is laid down in the Plant Protection Act and the Plant Inspection Order.
In addition to EU Directive 2000/29, specific emergency measures are applicable.
The models of the phytosanitary certificates for export and reexport are based on the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No 12 ‘Guidelines for Phytosanitary Certificates’ adopted under the International Plant Protection Convention.