We are looking to export grass cuttings in acrylic blocks to far east?

Question posted by Martin Cassidy, on behalf of Authentic Grass Sports Ltd in PA3

We have acrylic blocks with actual grass cuttings embedded from football grounds. looking to export to Far East .
Looking to see what restrictions there will be.

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Mike Josypenko, on behalf of The Institute of Export in PE2.

Hi,

I would also second Pardeep's comment - you definitely need to specify which individual countries you have in mind if you want to get any useful response.

Many countries have stringent rules which restrict the importation of any plant - based products; these are usuallyin place to prevent cross contamination of any diseases or parasites into indigenous species. Obviously your product is different, as the plant products (ie the grass) seem to be encased in an acrylic shell (if I understand your description). This should in theory protect against any contamination, but it might be difficult to get this point across to the Customs officials in a given country, so you might be at risk of delays to Customs clearance on any shipments. You need to get specific advice on the exact rules in place in each country.

You might seek advice from an experienced customs broker in the country you are planning to sell to - if you have a local UK freight forwarder, they may have a sister office or partner. You may also be able to get information from UK Trade & Investment, possibly through one of their commercial officers based in the target market. Visit their website: www.ukti.gov.uk to find suitable contacts.

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Ryan Beck, on behalf of BF Projects Limited in BT3.

Hi Martin

We are a family run freight forwarding company, Exporting to the Far East every week. Maybe i can help you with the shipping? We have very competitive rates

If you want to give me a call or e-mail me my details are below.

Ryan@bfprojects.co.uk

02890371144

Thanks
Ryan

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Hi Martin,

Can you provide a little more detail?
What are blocks usually/potentially used for or what other material(s) they would replace?
What kind of grass?
What kind of acrylic?
Which specific countries are you interested in?

Thanks.

Jim

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Sandra Strong, on behalf of Strong and Herd LLP in M22.

Hi Martin - did you manage to get a commodity code number for the "art" work? We checked phytosanitary measure and as long as the grass is very well sealed it will not be an issue. Let us have this and the markets you are targetting and we'll help identify specific paperwork. I will also reply directly to your email.

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Hi Martin,
We have exported this product previously. Is this sold as memoribilia with no chance for it to be in contact with local soil? There are a number of countries that will be very opposed to such imports because it can threaten the natural eco system.

Thanks

Glenn Hayes Embassy Freight Services - glenn@embassyfreight.co.uk

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Timmy Lau, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment Hong Kong in Hong Kong.

Dear Martin,

We have been in touch with Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, and waiting for their update.

We are not aware of any specific regulations on grass in acrylic blocks. We keep you posted on Hong Kong Customs and Excise’s response.

Should you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact us in commercial@bcg.org.hk

UKTI Hong Kong

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Timmy Lau, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment Hong Kong in Hong Kong.

Dear Martin,

We have consulted Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).

Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department replied, only the import and export of a prohibited article in Hong Kong have to be covered by licences, permits or certificates issued in advance by the relevant Government departments and subject to the conditions imposed. In general, acrylic blocks are not prohibited articles.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) replied, plant import is regulated under the Plant (Importation and Pest Control) Ordinance, Cap. 207 of the Laws of Hong Kong. Under the ordinance, importation of living plant from United Kingdom into Hong Kong requires a Plant Import Licence (PIL) issued by this Department and a valid Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the plant protection authority of exporting country i.e. United Kingdom. Please also note that soil (including earth, sand, clay and peat) is prohibited for importation into Hong Kong unless you obtain prior approval from this Department.

You may also like to refer to AFCD’s website for further information regarding importation of plants to Hong Kong:
http://www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_plants/qua_plants_pq/qua_plants_pq_ppq/qua_plants_pq_ppq.html

For better understanding of your imported grass in acrylic blocks, it would be grateful if you could provide the following information so as to facilitate the local authority’s consideration of your case:
1. Botanical name and common name of your imported grass
2. Any process or treatment on the imported grass
3. Type of growing medium i.e. soil, peatmoss etc.
4. Photograph of the final product

UKTI Hong Kong

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