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Forest Pest and Disease Regulations (including import regulations)

The Forest Service is responsible for implementing the forestry aspects of the EU Plant Health Directive, Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community.  The Forest Service implements the provisions relating to timber, wood packaging material (pallets, crates etc), forest plants, Christmas trees and other forest products and surveys of the national forest estate for quarantine forest pests and diseases. 

In the context of Ireland the aim of the legislation is to protect the national forest estate against the introduction and spread of exotic forest pest and disease threats.

The following services are available:

  • Registration of importers of controlled timber and forest products 
  • Registration of producers of forestry material such as forest nurseries
  • Forest pest and disease diagnostic service
  • Advice on import regulations concerning timber, wood packaging material, forest plants and Christmas trees
  • Issuing of Phytosanitary Certificates for exports of forestry material


For further information concerning the above please contact  - Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Agriculture House (3 West), Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 607 2651,  Fax: 01 607 2545,