If you are sending plants or plant products to a third country via another Member State of the European Union, a pre-export certificate is necessary for transporting plants and plant products through another EU Member State with the objective of exporting them to a third country.
This document is issued in Luxembourg by the Administration of Agricultural Technical Services (Administration des Services Techniques de l'Agriculture - ASTA). It confirms to the other Member State's national authority for plant protection that the merchandise has gone through a phytosanitary inspection and lists the harmful organisms that were tested.
This document does not replace a phytosanitary certificate for the export or re-export issued by the Member State from which the merchandise will be exported outside the European Union.
Companies that export or re-export plants, plant products or wood packaging materials originating from or transformed in Luxembourg to a third country via another Member State can request a pre-export certificate for the following products, among others:
In order to import and export plants and plant products for the purpose of research, a business must apply for a letter of authorisation for the introduction/circulation of plants for research purposes from ASTA instead of the communication document.
In order to import and export protected plant species, the business must apply for a CITES certificate in addition to the pre-export certificate.
To access the online application form, your professional eSpace must first be certified by the Administration of Agricultural Technical Services.
To have your business eSpace certified, you must attach:
The operator must notify his activities to ASTA's Plant Protection Service (ASTA).
Operators whose activities include the introduction, dispatch, production or/and distribution of plants or plant products must register.
Applicants must check with the authorities of the country of destination to get to know the list of harmful organisms which will be inspected by ASTA within the context of phytopathological analyses and the issue of the document.
The applicant must submit the application for a pre-export certificate at least 3 working days prior to the export of the products.
The exporter must send an application for a pre-export certificate to the Administration of Agricultural Technical Services (ASTA).
ASTA will deny the issuance of the document if:
Pre-export certificate for the transport of plants and plant products within the European Union prior to their export to a third country
Certificat de pre-export pour le transport des végétaux et produits végétaux au sein de l'Union Européenne en vue de leur exportation vers un pays tiers
Vorausfuhrzeugnis für den Transport von Pflanzen und Pflanzenerzeugnissen innerhalb der Europäischen Union im Hinblick auf ihre Ausfuhr in ein Drittland