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Plants and Horticulture

EU Plant Passports

As of 14th December, 2019 the new legislation and regulations concerning the EU Plant Passport obligation will come into force. If you are based in the United States and moving plants or plants products to businesses in the EU (including within the UK) that can host quarantine pests and diseases, you may be required to have a plant passport. 

Why print a plant passport?

With a plant passport you prove that your plants meet the phytosanitary requirements that apply within the EU. The passport can be square or rectangular and the layout consists of mandatory elements.

Extension of plant passport obligation

The plant passport obligation extends to all "plants intended for planting". According to the EU definition, these are plants that can produce whole plants and are intended for that purpose. These plants must be planted out, replanted or remain planted. Everything that we now refer to as propagating material is included (including seeds), but also all "consumer" room, bedding and tub plants. There will be exceptions; for certain seeds and for sale directly to the non-commercial end user.

What should the printed plant passport look like?

The new plant passport has a fixed layout and must be arranged per smallest trading unit, such as: pot, tray, or box. The information on the passport must be legible to the naked eye. You can issue plant passports yourself, but you must be authorized by the relevant Government body.  

A plant passport format has been established with the following required elements:

In the top left corner: the EU flag (in color, or black and white)

In the top right corner: the word "Plant Passport / Plant Passport (in other official language if relevant)"

  • A - Botanical name
  • B - Registration number
  • C - Traceability code
  • D - Country code of origin

How can you print a plant passport?

You can choose to code directly onto the plant container with an ink jet printer or print onto a label. The Linx 8920 and 8940 small character ink jet can easily and quickly print a full traceability plant passport on any plant pot. Linx are specialists in the field of coding and marking solutions. We can work with you to get the plant passport to your pot, tray, or box simply and quickly with our machines and technologies.

"For the printing of the new plant passport, I work with the  Linx 8920 inkjet machine. This ink applies the correct data at the moment of potting on each individual pot".
Lambert Zwinkels, Pot Bar Nursery De Barreveld.


Key Benefits

Key Benefits

  • Robust traceability
  • Up to IP65 ratings
  • Reliable operation in dusty, wet or non-temperature controlled environments
  • Easy to use printers for accurate coding
  • Range of solutions for durable coding onto most materials