Phytosanitary import restrictions
Growing medium include soil, compost, manure or other solid substances that are used for the purpose of plant growth and propagation.
In many cases, import is not allowed at all, because of the great risk of spread of plant pests. If you want to import the products from the non-EU countries from which import is allowed, you need a phytosanitary certificate to accompany the product. For more information, please contact the Regulations Unit at the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
If your company commercially imports such products from non-EU countries, your company must be registered as an importer at the Swedish Board of Agriculture. For more information, please contact the Plant Control Unit at the Board of Agriculture.
If you want to import such products for scientific purposes, you may get an import permit from the Swedish Board of Agriculture even for products normally subject to import ban or phytosanitary certificate requirements. You can find the form for application under Forms to the right (only available in Swedish).
Additional restrictions on import of animal by-products
Import of animal by-products should not spread serious diseases to humans or animals. The rules are there to prevent this.
You need a permit from the Swedish 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
Be aware of products containing micro-organisms, for instance products used for enhancing compost processes or biological activity in soil. If you intend to import such products, you need to ensure that they do not contain any organisms that can cause disease or other harm to plants. For more information, please contact the Plant Regulations Unit at the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
You may also need to register the product with the Swedish Chemical Agency. Please contact them for more information.