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A call for evidence on controlling oak and sweet chestnut timber imports to prevent the introduction of oak lace bug into Great Britain
1st April 2019

A call for evidence on controlling oak and sweet chestnut timber imports to prevent the introduction of oak lace bug into Great Britain

An important Oak consultation has just started: “A call for evidence on controlling oak and sweet chestnut timber imports to prevent the introduction of oak lace bug into Great Britain (Corythucha arcuata).”

The purpose of this call for evidence is to seek information from importers of oak and sweet chestnut timber in order to understand how measures to prevent the entry of oak lace bug into Great Britain would impact on the trade in timber.

The specific requirements for any movement into England of unprocessed oak and sweet chestnut wood with bark, including isolated bark from third countries and EU Member States where oak lace bug is known to be present would be as follows:

  • Square sawn and completely bark-free
  • Complete bark removal
  • Air-drying for a year in a premises which is free from the pest
  • Kiln drying to below 20% moisture content

These treatments will need to be verified by official documentation (phytosanitary certificates from third countries and official statements from EU Member States).