Major changes in the horticultural industry in 2024
3rd January 2024
3rd January 2024
Following on from the introduction of plant passport measures in the UK on the 1st of January 2021, The Plant Health (Amendment) Regulations 2024, which came into force on the 1st of January 2024, has introduced significant changes to the plant passport scheme in the UK. This includes:
These changes are designed to improve the protection of plant health in the UK and to prevent the introduction of new pests and diseases.
Find more specific information from DEFRA here (Visit planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk)
From January 2024, the UK has introduced new border control measures for plants and plant products entering the country. These measures are designed to:
All plants and plant products entering the UK must now be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate. The requirements for the phytosanitary certificate vary depending on the type of plant or plant product.
The new border control system will include SPS (Sanitary and Phytosanitary) mechanisms that are applied worldwide to implement import controls not only in horticulture but for certain foodstuffs. Some of the key elements are:
DEFRA are running webinars that will delve into more detail about how the BTOM could affect your business.
Find more information on changes to border controls for certain plants species here (Visit www.gov.uk)
The government introduced a plastic packaging tax, which came into force on the 1st of April 2022. This tax applies to all businesses that manufacture, import, or supply plastic packaging that does not meet certain recycling criteria.
The plastic packaging tax is designed to encourage businesses to use less plastic packaging and to support the development of a more circular economy.
We can help you with other options if you are looking to reduce your plastic tax contribution.
In addition to the above changes, there are several other changes taking place in the horticultural and agricultural industries in 2024. These include:
These changes are all contributing to the transformation of the horticultural industry. The industry is becoming increasingly efficient, sustainable, and innovative.
Here are some specific examples of how these changes are impacting the industry:
These changes are creating new opportunities for businesses in the horticultural industry. For example, businesses that can develop innovative solutions to meet the challenges of the industry will be well-positioned to succeed.