Shipments of plant or seed samples for research purposes, which will be destroyed after testing, from outside the European Union (3rd countries) need to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate or a letter addressed to the Dutch NPPO.
If no phytosanitary certificate is available the samples can be shipped to Naktuinbouw based on our exemption on the Plant Health Directive (2000/29/EG) for destructive testing of samples. In that case please add the letter of the Dutch NPPO in a plastic, self-adhesive, clear window pouch on the outside of the box. Please also add a label on the box to indicate that the shipment is imported based on this exemption.
Import into the EU of plants and seeds of horticultural crops for destructive testing is allowed. Please be aware that for some specific plant species restrictions may apply. The import of soil and growth media from outside the EU is prohibited. Please contact us if you have specific questions.