A phytosanitary cerficate is a document which proves a number of things:
- the identity of the species shipped
- the shipped living product is axenic = free from contaminations
This is a very important document for every customs. There is no country in the world where we can ship mycelium without a phytosanitary certificate, with the exception of the other EU memberstates + a selected number of trusted trade partners such as the UK and CH. A mycelium shipment without a correct phytosanitary certificate will be destroyed by the customs.
In some countries (e.g. the US), such a certificate can be issued by the companies themselves, but in Belgium and in most countries, this document is issued by the government.
Important to know about these certificates:
- We can only obtain a phytosanitary certificate if we get an import permit, specifying the species, the importer and the company from which it is imported. An import permit is often valid for a longer period, for example 1 year.
- A phytosanitary certificate, once issued, is only valid for a VERY limited amount of time
- Each shipment requires a new phytosanitary certificate, regardless of the shipped quantity