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Detailed guide: Import firewood into England, Scotland or Wales

Forestry Commission

January 13
09:49 2021

You must notify the Forestry Commission if you, your agent or broker plan to import non-regulated solid fuel wood into England, Scotland or Wales.

This helps prevent harmful tree and forestry pests and diseases being introduced.

Solid fuel wood (firewood) includes:

  • logs
  • kindling
  • twigs
  • billets
  • faggots

You, your agent or broker must make sure any regulate or non-regulated firewood meets import requirements in England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain) before its exported.

Find out what the firewood import rules are in Northern Ireland.

The Forestry Commission will decide if theres a risk that your firewood could introduce harmful tree pests or diseases into the UK. They may inspect your consignment before allowing it to cross the border.

Register with the Forestry Commission

Before you notify the Forestry Commission about your non-regulated consignment, enrol on the Statutory Firewood Notification Scheme. Youll get an enrolment number to use in further correspondence. Enrolment is not compulsory, but youre encouraged to enrol. You can only do this online.

Notify the Forestry Commission about your import

You must provide the Forestry Commission with a notification before the non-regulated consignment arrives in England, Scotland or Wales or no later than 4 days after its landed.

Submit a notification online

You can submit your notification online.

If you cannot notify the Forestry Commission online use an Excel form to email or post.

Once youve completed and submitted the form for each new consignment, youll be sent an automated email reply with a unique reference number for that consignment. Use this number in any correspondence with the Forestry Commission.

How to complete the form

Most of the information required in the notification form is self-explanatory, but these notes are provided for clarification.

Estimated date of arrival

Enter the estimated date of the material landing at a port or airport in England, Scotland or Wales.

Place of arrival

Enter the specific port, airport or Channel Tunnel terminus in England, Scotland or Wales where the consignment will be arriving. This should be the first point of arrival in the country of final destination. You should be as specific as possible as some ports cover a number of locations, so specify exact ports if known. This might also be the location of any inspection by a plant health inspector if its deemed necessary, although inspections might also take place at the first destination.

Name of importer

Enter the full name of the importer.

Address of importer

Enter a detailed postal address, including postcode.

Address of first destination after landing

Enter the details, including a postcode, of the first destination point after landing at a port or airport in England, Scotland or Wales. This could be a distribution centre or a final destination for the consignment, depending on the importers requirements.

The shipping container

Enter a number or numbers, if appropriate. You can leave this field blank.

Genus and species

Ideally, you should state botanical names of tree species if you know them. If not, you can use common names. Use the list of frequently used names for tree species if youre unsure of the botanical name:

Conifers/softwoods common name Botanical name
Norway Spruce Picea abies
Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis
Scots pine Pinus sylvestris
Corsican pine Pinus nigra
European larch Larix decidua
Japanese larch Larix kaempferi
Hybrid larch Larix eurolepsis
Douglas fir Pseudotsuga menziesii
Silver fir Abies alba
Western red cedar Thuja plicata
Non-conifers/hardwoods Common name Botanical name
Ash Fraxinus
Oak Quercus
Birch Betula
Willow Salix
Maple/Sycamore Acer
Beech Fagus
Chestnut Castanea
Alder Alnus
Poplar/Aspen Populus

Type of material being imported

Enter whether the solid fuel wood is in the form of logs, kindling, or other.

Quantity

Enter the quantity in tonnes as accurately as possible.

Country where the material is imported from

Enter the country from where the solid fuel wood was last moved. This is not necessarily the country where the firewood was grown.

Country where the material was grown

Enter the country where the wood was originally grown and harvested.

Phytosanitary treatments

Enter details of the phytosanitary (plant health) treatments, which might have been applied to the solid fuel wood or associated wood packaging material before export. Example treatments include bark free, heat treatment and kiln drying. These could be treatments that comply with ISPM15 regulation of wood packaging material in international trade.

Published 26 September 2018
Last updated 13 January 2021 +show all updates
  1. post brexit information added

  2. Day 1 changes: EU Exit

  3. Updated information on when you must notify the Forestry Commission about importing solid fuel wood into England or Scotland has been added to this page.

  4. The link to submit your Statutory Firewood Notification online has been updated.

  5. First published.

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