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The Plant Health (Scotland) Order 2005

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Plant health discharge

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12.—(1) An inspector may discharge relevant material pursuant to article 10(1) if the inspector is satisfied as to the matters referred to in paragraph (2).

(2) Subject to paragraphs (5) and (6), an inspector shall be satisfied–

(a)that the relevant material is free from any plant pest of a description specified in Schedule 1;

(b)if listed in column 2 of Schedule 2, that the relevant material is not carrying or infected with a plant pest of a description specified in column 3 of that Schedule opposite the reference to the relevant material;

(c)if listed in the second column of Annex II, Part B of Directive 2000/29/EC and in the course of its consignment to a protected zone listed in the fourth column opposite the reference to the relevant material, that the relevant material is not carrying or infected with a plant pest of a description specified in the first column opposite the reference to the relevant material;

(d)if listed in column 2 of Part A or C of Schedule 4, that the relevant material complies with the requirements specified in column 3 of Part A or C, respectively, opposite the reference to the relevant material and, where there is one or more alternative requirements, the requirements declared in the phytosanitary certificate or phytosanitary certificate for re export;

(e)if listed in the first column in Annex IV, Part B of Directive 2000/29/EC and in the course of its consignment to a protected zone listed in the third column opposite the reference to the relevant material, that the relevant material complies with the requirements specified in the second column opposite the reference to the relevant material and, where there is one or more alternative requirements, the requirements declared in the phytosanitary certificate or phytosanitary certificate for re export;

(f)that the relevant material corresponds with the description given to it in the phytosanitary certificate or phytosanitary certificate for re export; and

(g)that the relevant material is accompanied by the certificate or certificate required by article 7 and, where appropriate, by a plant health movement document.

(3) For the purpose of being satisfied as to any of the matters in paragraph (2)(a) to (e), an inspector may carry out an examination of a consignment or lot of relevant material and its packaging and, where necessary, the vehicle transporting that consignment or lot–

(a)in its entirety; or

(b)on the basis of one or more representative samples from the consignment or from each lot forming part of the consignment.

(4) For the purpose of being satisfied as to the matters in paragraph (2)(f), an inspector may carry out an identity check.

(5) Where the official body of destination of any relevant material landed in Scotland for the purpose of transit has agreed with the Scottish Ministers that it will be responsible for some or all of the matters referred to in paragraph (2)(a) to (f), an inspector need only be satisfied as to the matters referred to in paragraph (2)(g) and any matters referred to in paragraph (2)(a) to (f) not subject to the agreement.

(6) Where the official body of point of entry of any relevant material that has been consigned to Scotland via another part of the European Community by way of transit has agreed with the Scottish Ministers, as the official body of destination, that the Scottish Ministers shall be responsible for some or all of the matters referred to in paragraph (2)(a) to (f), the matters as to which an inspector must be satisfied shall be limited accordingly.

(7) Where an inspector is satisfied as to the matters referred to in paragraph (2)(g) the inspector shall–

(a)stamp the phytosanitary certificate or phytosanitary certificate for re export with the official stamp of the Scottish Ministers and the date the certificate was delivered in accordance with article 9(1); and

(b)where applicable, complete the relevant headings of the plant health movement document.

(8) An inspector may, for the purpose of performing a plant health check, require the occupier or other person in charge of the premises in which the check is to take place to provide–

(a)where appropriate, suitable areas of inspection;

(b)adequate lighting; and

(c)inspection tables.

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