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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2005 No. 373

PLANT HEALTH

The Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

Made

8th August 2005

Coming into operation

1st September 2005

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development(1), being a Department designated(2) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act(3) in relation to the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Community, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the said section 2(2), section 56(1), (2) and (5) of the Finance Act 1973(4), and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, with the consent of the Department of Finance and Personnel, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 and shall come into operation on 1st September 2005.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“consignment” has the same meaning as in Article 2(1)(p) of the Directive;

“daytime working hours” means any time between the hours of 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on any day except a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971(5);

“the Department” means the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development;

“the Directive” means Council Directive 2000/29/EC of 8th May 2000(6) on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community as last amended by Commission Directive 2005/15/EC of 28th February 2005(7);

“documentary check” has the same meaning as in Article 13a(1)(b)(i) of the Directive;

“identity check” has the same meaning as in Article 13a(1)(b)(ii) of the Directive;

“plant” has the same meaning as in Article 2(1)(a) of the Directive;

“plant health check” has the same meaning as in Article 13a(1)(b)(iii) of the Directive;

“plant intended for planting” has the same meaning as in Article 2(1)(d) of the Directive;

“plant product” has the same meaning as in Article 2(1)(b) of the Directive; and

“third country” means a country or territory other than one within the European Community.

(2) A reference in these Regulations to anything done in writing or produced in written form includes a reference to an electronic communication, as defined in the Electronic Communications Act 2000(8), which has been recorded and is consequently capable of being reproduced.

(3) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(9) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Consignments to which Regulations apply

3.  These Regulations apply to consignments of plants, plant products and other objects of a description specified in the first column of Schedule 1, landed in Northern Ireland from a third country, in respect of which Article 13d(1) of the Directive requires Member States to charge phytosanitary fees to cover the costs occasioned by documentary checks, identity checks and plant health checks.

Fees

4.—(1) An importer of a consignment to which these Regulations apply shall pay to the Department the fees specified in this regulation.

(2) In respect of a plant health check carried out on any consignment of plants, plant products or other objects, other than a consignment of a plant or plant product to which paragraph (3) applies, the fee payable shall be—

(a)the fee specified in the third column of Schedule 1 in respect of a check carried out during daytime working hours; or

(b)the fee specified in the fourth column of that Schedule in respect of a check carried out outside those hours.

(3) In respect of a plant health check carried out, or which, but for Article 13a(2) of the Directive (providing for such checks to be carried out at reduced frequency), would have been required to be carried out, on a consignment of any plant or plant product listed in the first column of Schedule 2 and originating from a country listed in the third column of that Schedule, the fee payable, in accordance with Article 13d(2) of the Directive, shall be—

(a)the fee specified in the fourth column of Schedule 2 in respect of a check carried out during daytime working hours; and

(b)the fee specified in the fifth column of that Schedule in respect of a check carried out outside those hours.

(4) In respect of a documentary check or an identity check carried out on any consignment the fee payable shall be the fee specified for that check in the third column of Schedule 3.

Mixed consignments

5.  Where a consignment to which these Regulations apply does not consist exclusively of plants, plant products or other objects coming within one description in the first column of Schedule 1, those parts thereof consisting of plants, plant products or other objects coming within other descriptions in the first column of that Schedule shall be treated as separate consignments and subject to separate fees under regulation 4.

Notification of consignments

6.  An importer of a consignment to which these Regulations apply must submit to the Department such information relating to the consignment, in writing and in such form as the Department may reasonably require, and such information must be submitted at least 48 hours before the consignment is landed in Northern Ireland.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on 8th August 2005.

L.S.

David Small

A senior officer of the

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Department of Finance and Personnel hereby consents to the foregoing Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 8th August 2005.

L.S.

Jack Layberry

A senior officer of the

Department of Finance and Personnel

Regulations 3 and 4(2)

SCHEDULE 1IMPORT INSPECTION FEES FOR PLANT HEALTH CHECKS

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4
Plant, plant product or other objectQuantityFee (daytime working hours)Fee (non-daytime working hours)
Cuttings, seedlings (except forestry reproductive material), young plants of strawberries or of vegetablesPer consignment
— up to 10,000 in number£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 1,000 units£0.52£0.78
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
Shrubs, trees (other than cut Christmas trees), other woody nursery plants including forest reproductive material (other than seed)Per consignment
— up to 1,000 in number£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 100 units£0.33£0.49
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
Bulbs, corms, rhizomes, tubers, intended for planting (other than tubers of potatoes)Per consignment
— up to 200 kg in weight£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 10 kg£0.12£0.18
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
Seeds, tissue culturesPer consignment
— up to 100 kg in weight£5.67£8.50
— for each additional 10 kg£0.13£0.19
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
Other plants intended for planting, not specified elsewhere in this SchedulePer consignment
— up to 5,000 in number£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 100 units£0.13£0.19
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
Cut flowersPer consignment
— up to 20,000 in number£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 1,000 units£0.10£0.15
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
Branches with foliage, parts of conifers (other than cut Christmas trees)Per consignment
— up to 100 kg in weight£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 100 kg£1.32£1.98
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
Cut Christmas treesPer consignment
— up to 1,000 in number£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 100 units£1.32£1.98
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
Leaves of plants, such as herbs, spices and leafy vegetablesPer consignment
— up to 100 kg in weight£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 10 kg£1.32£1.98
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
Fruits, vegetables (other than leafy vegetables)Per consignment
— up to 25,000 kg in weight£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 1,000 kg£0.52£0.78
Tubers of potatoesPer lot
— up to 25,000 kg in weight£39.72£59.58
— for each additional 25,000 kg£39.72£59.58
Soil and growing mediumPer consignment
— up to 25,000 kg in weight£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 1,000 kg£0.52£0.78
— maximum price£105.92£158.88
GrainPer consignment
— up to 25,000 kg in weight£13.24£19.86
— for each additional 1,000 kg£0.52£0.78
— maximum price£529.60£794.40
Other plants or plant products not specified elsewhere in this SchedulePer consignment£13.24£19.86

Regulation 4(3)

SCHEDULE 2REDUCED IMPORT INSPECTION FEES FOR PLANT HEALTH CHECKS

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5
GenusQuantityCountry of originFee (daytime working hours)Fee (non-daytime working hours)
Where the total amount of any fee comprises an amount of less than £0.01, that amount shall be excluded.
Cut flowers
AsterPer consignment
— up to 20,000 in numberZimbabwe£3.31£4.96
— for each additional 1,000 unitsZimbabwe£0.02£0.03
— maximum priceZimbabwe£26.48£39.72
DianthusPer consignment
— up to 20,000 in numberColombia£0.40£0.60
Ecuador£1.98£2.97
Morocco, Turkey£3.31£4.96
— for each additional 1,000 unitsColombia£0.003£0.004
Ecuador£0.01£0.015
Morocco, Turkey£0.02£0.03
— maximum priceColombia£3.17£4.75
Ecuador£15.88£23.82
Morocco, Turkey£26.48£39.72
RosaPer consignment
— up to 20,000 in numberEcuador, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe£0.66£0.99
Colombia£1.32£1.98
— for each additional 1,000 unitsEcuador, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe£0.005£0.007
Colombia£0.01£0.015
— maximum priceEcuador, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe£5.29£7.94
Colombia£10.59£15.89
Fruit
MalusPer consignment
— up to 25,000 kg in weightChile, South Africa£1.32£1.98
Argentina, New Zealand£1.98£2.97
Brazil£3.31£4.96
China£6.62£9.93
— for each additional 1,000 kgChile, South Africa£0.05£0.07
Argentina, New Zealand£0.07£0.10
Brazil£0.13£0.19
China£0.26£0.39
MangiferaPer consignment
— up to 25,000 kg in weightBrazil£1.32£1.98
South Africa£6.62£9.93
— for each additional 1,000 kgBrazil£0.05£0.07
South Africa£0.26£0.39
PrunusPer consignment
— up to 25,000 kg in weightChile, South Africa, Turkey£1.32£1.98
Argentina£1.98£2.97
— for each additional 1,000 kgChile, South Africa, Turkey£0.05£0.07
Argentina£0.07£0.10
PyrusPer consignment
— up to 25,000 kg in weightSouth Africa£1.32£1.98
Argentina£1.98£2.97
Chile£3.31£4.96
China£6.62£9.93
— for each additional 1,000 kgSouth Africa£0.05£0.07
Argentina£0.07£0.10
Chile£0.13£0.19
China£0.26£0.39
CitrusPer consignment
— up to 25,000 kg in weightMorocco£0.66£0.99
Turkey£0.92£1.38
USA£1.32£1.98
Israel, Mexico, Uruguay£1.98£2.97
— for each additional 1,000 kgMorocco£0.02£0.03
Turkey£0.03£0.04
USA£0.05£0.07
Israel, Mexico, Uruguay£0.07£0.10

Regulation 4(4)

SCHEDULE 3IMPORT INSPECTION FEES FOR DOCUMENTARY CHECKS AND IDENTITY CHECKS

Column 1Column 2Column 3
CheckQuantityFee
Documentary checkPer consignment£5.29
Identity checkPer consignment
— up to a size of a truck load, a railway wagon load or the load of a container of comparable size£5.29
— bigger than the above size£10.58

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations which extend to Northern Ireland only, come into operation on 1st September 2005 and implement Article 13d of Council Directive 2000/29/EC of 8th May 2000 (OJ No. L 169, 10.7.00, p. 1), as last amended by Commission Directive 2005/15/EC of 28th February 2005 (OJ No. L 56, 2.3.2005, p. 12), (“the Directive”), which requires Member States to charge fees to cover the costs occasioned by the documentary checks, identity checks and plant health checks of certain imports of plants, plant products and other objects from third countries provided for in Article 13a(1) of the Directive.

An importer is required to pay the fee specified in Schedule 1 for plant health checks which are carried out, except where reduced import inspection fees apply (regulation 4(2) and (3)). Schedule 2 specifies reduced fees which apply, whether or not an inspection is in fact carried out, in respect of plant health checks of certain cut flowers and fruits originating in the countries specified in that Schedule (regulation 4(3)).

An importer is required to pay the fee specified in Schedule 3 for documentary checks and identity checks (regulation 4(4)).

Different types of plants, plant products or other objects contained within the same consignment shall be treated as separate consignments and subject to separate fees (regulation 5).

An importer must provide certain information concerning the consignment at least 2 days before it is landed in Northern Ireland (regulation 6).

No Regulatory Impact Assessment has been prepared in respect of these Regulations.

(1)

Formerly the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland; see S.I. 1999/283 (N.I.1), Art. 3(4)

(2)

S.I. 2000/2812

(6)

OJ No. L 169, 10.7.00 p.1.

(7)

OJ No. L 56, 2.3.2005, p.12

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