PLANT PASSPORT DISCOVERING
In short, plant passport is a simple label to put on the packages of certain wood species (Juglans L., Platanus L. e Pterocarya L.), for their circulation in Europe.
Specifically, the plant passport:
- It is valid for timber that:
- It is considered a plant product pursuant to art. 2, paragraph 2, of regulation (EU) 2016/2031; and
- It was fully or partially obtained from Juglans L., Platanus L. and Pterocarya L. including wood that has not maintained its natural round surface; and
- It falls under the respective CN code and corresponds to one of the following descriptions in Annex I, Part II, of Regulation (EEC) no. 2658/87 of the Council: see table at the following link https://www.regione.veneto.it/documents/10701/4223054/allegato+XIII.pdf/17667013-a9bf-444e-84ec-fb45c3ee4672
- It can only be issued by professional operators, which have their own RUOP registration number.
- It must be put on the sales unit; it is up to the company if it is a single product, or package, etc.
- It must be filled in as follows:
- Two cases can be distinguished:
- ISSUE OF PASSPORT FROM EXTRA-EEC PURCHASES: company X purchases walnut logs, for example; the phytosanitary office of the customs will check that the material is accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate attesting the species and country of origin. Company X then records the data of the phytosanitary certificate received from the supplier, so to ensure the traceability of the purchased material. This passage must be done if the material remains in the warehouse, but also if it will be processed within the company. At the time of shipment / sale of the goods in national / European territory, company X must issue its plant passport with the same origin reported in the phytosanitary certificate – whether the goods undergo processing (purchase of logs> sale of boards), whether it does not undergo processing (purchase of logs> sale of logs)- together with the company’s own data (RUOP number, parcel tracking number and origin of the material).
- ISSUE OF PASSPORT FROM EEC PURCHASES: company X buys walnut from a European supplier, the material must be accompanied by the plant passport, issued by the supplier, even if it is a supplier of the same nationality (eg. Italian company X buys walnut from an Italian supplier). Company X therefore only must take charge of the passport data it received from the supplier, so to ensure the traceability of the purchased material whether it remains in the warehouse or whether it is processed within the company. At the time of shipment / sale of the goods in national / European territory, a new passport will be issued with the company’s own data (RUOP number, parcel tracking number and origin of the material).
- Each professional operator is responsible for defining its own traceability code, based on the internal and warehouse management of the purchased material.
- Documentation must be kept available for three years.
- Plant passport is not needed for moving plants between different locations of the same company, if they are located in the same province.