- Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Actions for prevention
Collaborative meeting on effective ways to inform travelers about the ban on importing plants, fruit, vegetables, flowers and seeds from outside the EU.
the Provincial Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed Inspection in Poznań, the National Revenue Administration and the Poznań-Ławica Airport in order to prevent the import of Plants from outside the European Union.
Insects and other harmful organisms, including quarantine organisms (combat ex officio), know no borders, and brought from travels, from distant exotic countries, can cause huge losses in natural plant communities and farmlands, not only in Poland but throughout the European Union European. These pests, despite the fact that they do not occur naturally in our climate, can find suitable living conditions and consequently cause tragic losses in agricultural crops, forests, parks, gardens, etc. The seriousness of the situation is intensified by the fact that, as a rule, pests, fungi, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms from distant countries have no natural enemies in our climate limiting their population and harmfulness to plants. Usually, there are no appropriate plant protection products approved for use against them.
In order to prevent losses, throughout the European Union, it is forbidden to import plants, fruit, vegetables, flowers and seeds from third countries without having the appropriate certificates, the so-called phytosanitary certificates issued in the country of origin of these goods. This means that the baggage cannot contain, among others, fruit, fragments of shoots, bulbs, leaves or vegetables without the appropriate documents. At the Poznań-Ławica airport, travelers are provided with information on bans. The National Revenue Administration (KAS) conducts monitoring checks on travelers and systematically detains large amounts of vegetables, fruits and plants that were in their luggage.
In order to summarize the cooperation so far and intensify the information campaign for passengers traveling outside the European Union and arriving from third countries, representatives of the project partners, i.e.
and discussed directions for further action. The meeting resulted in a decision to implement new ways of providing information to passengers
and intensify the awareness-raising campaign, especially during the holiday season when passenger traffic at the airport Henryk Wieniawski in Poznań is the most intense.