Every month the EU publishes on their plant health website a list of interceptions for non-compliance with import requirements. Recently they published a report covering 2016 results. Here are the main element of the statement by the European Commission upon release of the report (summarised by Freshfel):

  • The Commission´s latest annual report on the operation of the system in 2016, shows that the number of interceptions made due to the presence of harmful organisms was 1,815, a reduction of 15% compared to 2015. This reflects a continuing downward trend since 2014, with an overall reduction of 25% over the period.
  • Following a range of Commission actions in relation to countries exporting to the EU (bi-lateral dialogue, plant health audits and other targeted measures), interceptions of consignments of some non-EU country commodities (such as Capsicum, Citrus, Solanum and Luffa spp.) showed a marked decrease in 2016.
  • Thirteen non-EU countries were responsible for the majority of interceptions of during 2016, each having more than 50 interceptions. The main non-EU country commodities intercepted due to the presence of harmful organisms were fruit and vegetables (particularly peppers, mango, basil, citrus and various gourds), Wood Packaging Material (WPM), cut flowers and planting material.
  • In addition to its function as a rapid alert system, EUROPHYT-Interceptions is an effective policy support tool for risk assessment and risk management. Based on EUROPHYT data, a Non-EU trade Alert List is published each month on the Commission´s Health and Food Safety website. This list is intended to draw the attention of the relevant plant health authorities and other stakeholders to certain trades, for which the EU Member States have identified frequent phytosanitary risks, as a first step in having these risks addressed at source.