Changes to EU Phytosanitary Requirements
Important changes could have a direct impact on your current imports into the EU, particularly the burdensome requirements for ash from EAB affected areas and birch.
The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) advises us that "The European Commission is also working on a temporary derogation for North American ash wood that will, in effect, reintroduce the rules in existence prior to October 1, for a period yet to be decided - probably one year".
Additionally, AHEC advises "As the law has been passed by the EU, technically there is no legal basis for reinstatement of the old rules and the Derogation is intended just to give the US and Canada a transition period to implement the new rules".
For the moment, the new rules apply for any shipment that had a phyto inspection after October 1.
You can read AHEC's Trade Alert in it's entirety for more information.