Importing soil, plant parts, humus or other organic materialThe rules on this page concern soil and growing medium containing soil, plant parts, humus or other organic material. Growing medium include soil, compost, manure or other solid substances that are used for the purpose of plant growth and propagation.
If you want to import such organic material from EU countries, you may need a plant passport to accompany the products.
If you want to import such products from non-EU countries, you need a phytosanitary certificate to accompany the product. In many cases, import is not allowed at all.
If you want to import such products for scientific purposes, you may get an import licence from the Board of Agricultre even for products normally subject to import ban or phytosanitary certificate requirements.
If your firm commercially imports such products from non-EU countries, it must be registered at the Board of Agriculture. Upon registration the firm receives an official registration number.
For more information, please contact the Plant Protection Service at the Board of Agriculture.
Additional restrictions on import of animal by-products Import of animal by-products should not spread serious diseses to humans or animals. The rules are there to prevent this.
You need a licence from the Board of Agriculture in order to import manure, meat and bone meal, processed animal protein not intended for human consumption, or similar animal by-products.
You also need to make sure that the product is transported directly from the production plant in the exporting country to an approved production plant in Sweden.
The restrictions do not apply to import of blended products, only partly made of animal by-products and ready to be used as organic fertilisers.
Our Feed Quality Division can provide more information on the restrictions.
Products containing micro-organisms You may need a licence to import products containing micro-organisms, for instance products used used for enhancing compost processes or biological activity in soil.
You may also need to register the product with the Swedish Chemical Agency.
For more information, please contact us.