Adopting electronic phytosanitary exchange

Modernising certification process boosts trade


This Alliance project cut the time and costs of border clearance for perishable food products, benefitting Jordan’s agricultural sector.

Traders shipping plants or plant products had to acquire a paper phytosanitary certificate to show that the material is considered free from pests and that they comply with plant health regulations. Jordan aimed to enhance the use of automated systems for this verification process, removing the risk of erroneous, lost, or damaged paperwork that can take time to resolve, leaving stranded produce to spoil.

The Alliance had already gained valuable experience supporting the implementation of this digitalised approach in Morocco, Ecuador, Madagascar, Senegal, and has other ePhyto projects underway in Colombia, and Thailand.

What we did

Our project supported the Jordanian government in introducing electronic phytosanitary certificates, or ePhytos, and in joining the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) ePhyto Hub, allowing member countries to electronically exchange ePhytos with trading partners quickly, accurately, and at low cost.

The Alliance implemented the project in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, Jordan Customs Single Window and the local and international private sector.


The use of ePhytos has:

  • meant certificates are transferred between parties quickly, accurately and at low cost, reducing the time and cost burden on both traders and border agencies
  • enhanced Jordan’s global trade competitiveness by allowing the agricultural sector to conform to international business standards
  • paved the way for Jordan to exchange other types of data with trading partners
  • reduced the risk of loss or fraud, helping ensure any threats to plant health through trade are stopped in their tracks

Overall, the project can also contribute to food security by ensuring that shipments are not getting stuck and spoiled at border checkpoints. Ease of trade with other ePhyto Hub countries can make exports more attractive, benefiting local traders and farmers.


The Alliance used its Total Trade Logistics Cost (TTLC) methodology at the project’s outset and again at its conclusion to determine how the project contributed to lower costs and time saved in import and export processes at the border.


The project took 15 months and was implemented in five phases:

Phase 1

In progress

Legal review of existing regulations on phytosanitary procedures and electronic signatures

Phase 2

In progress

Analyses of current scenario and mapping of procedures

Phase 3

In progress

Implementation of the IPPC ePhyto system

Phase 4

In progress

Capacity building and training

Phase 5

In progress

Communications and awareness-building in the private sector

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