Importing plants and fresh produce using the PEACH system

Last updated: 13 March 2017

You must use the PEACH system (Procedure for Electronic Application for Certificates) to import certain plants, fruits and vegetables from non-EU countries if:

  • your business is in England and Wales
  • your business is in Scotland or Northern Ireland but you are importing or exporting goods via England or Wales

Traders importing or exporting directly to or from Scotland should contact the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate.

Some fruit and vegetables need to meet European standards to be imported into the UK or other EU countries.

You can apply for a Certificate of Conformity using the PEACH system if you're planning to import fruit and vegetables.

PEACH guidance on the DEFRA website.