Forestry Professional Operators must register with the Department to be authorised to issue Plant Passports. Plant Passports
are needed when transporting plants and certain wood products.
What you must do
All plants for planting must have a Plant Passport when moved from professional operator
to professional operator. They have a common format throughout the European Union.
Ireland is recognised as a Protected Zone
for six harmful coniferous bark beetle species. Northern Ireland has the same Protected Zone status in respect of these bark beetles. Relevant forestry plants for planting require a Plant Passport for movement in the Protected Zone of Ireland.
The movement of coniferous plants, wood and wood products which are not bark free into and within the Protected Zone should be accompanied by a Plant Passport. For example, the movement of coniferous roundwood from the forest to the place of processing will need to be accompanied by a Plant Passport.
The following species of wood, wood products and isolated bark require a Plant Passport:
all conifer wood that is not free of bark
Castanea species with bark
Platanus species with or without bark
The following types of forest products require a Plant Passport for movement in the Protected Zone:
round wood in the whole - whole trees, small wood and saw logs
wood chips processed from round wood on harvesting sites or other sites where aggregation takes place
sawn wood that is not bark free
If you are professionally involved in moving forestry plants within a Protected Zone then you will need to register as a professional operator. Certain activities of professional operators require that they register with the department. These activities include:
introducing or moving within the EU plants, plant products and other objects for which a phytosanitary certificate or a Plant Passport is required
issuing Plant Passports
requesting phytosanitary certificates for export
marking or repairing ISPM 15 standard wood packaging material