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Procedure NamePhytosanitary Certificate (for Exports)




Responsible Agency       

Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, (Department of Agricultural Research, Plant Protection Section

Address: Box 24, No. 80 Constitution Road-Maseru

Phone: +266 22322741


Leagl Base Agriculture Marketing Act No.26 of 1967

Processing time

 The average time for processing a certificate from time of application to issue is two days but can take over a week where phytosanitary treatment and pest risk analysis is required
















Required Documents


Type of documents





Commercial Invoice


Approval for harvesting from the department of environment

Where applicable for non-farmed products


Business license Verified licenses by Ministry of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing

Process Steps

Step 1

The applicant submits the application together with the supporting documents to the Plant Protection Section

Step 2

The Receiving officer processes the application.

if satisfactory; forwards the application documents together with the certificate and inspection report to the authorizing officer

Step 4

The authorizing officer receives the application, certificate, inspection report and supporting documents and verifies the information.

If satisfactory; AO approves the application by signing the certificate

Step 3

Issues the  Phytosanitary Certificate








The following form/s are used in this procedure
TitleDescriptionCreated DateUpdated DateIssued By
Application form for Phytosanitary Certificate for Export17-09-202017-09-2020Ministry of Agriculture and Food SecurityThis is Dowload File
This procedure applies to the following measures
NameMeasure TypeAgencyDescriptionCommentsLegal DocumentValidity ToMeasure Class
Phytosanitary Certificate (for Exports)SPSMinistry of Agriculture and Food SecurityThis process represents the procedure for obtaining a phytosanitary certificate for export of plants/plant products. This certificate is issued to ensure that plant and plant material are free from pests before they can be exported from Lesotho. - The certificate is in the form of a formal document (serialized with a prescribed format). The trade in plants/plant products is governed by the Plant Protection Act. - The certificate is obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (Department of Agricultural Research, Plant Protection Section) and has a validity period of fourteen days or thirty days from date of issue and for one consignment onlyPLANT PROTECTION POLICY FOR LESOTHO 31-12-9999Good