New plant passporting arrangement

4 November 2019

The new plant passporting arrangements will come into effect on 14 December 2019.

Anyone responsible for the movement of roundwood timber or Christmas trees over 3m needs to become a Registered Authorised Professional Operators (RAPOs).

The following also require a Plant Passport:

  • Sweet Chestnut and Plane, together with bulk bark, brash and wood chipped on harvesting sites.
  • Christmas trees over 3 metres and decorative foliage from such trees


  • Sawdust, wood chips and slabwood with bark are currently considered to be a lower risk and are not expected to require Plant Passports

The registration process includes a short “e-learning” package which must be completed first – please follow this link

Confor has worked to ensure that these requirements and their enforcement are reasonable and as risk based as possible.