17 January 2023
Canadian Custom Brokerage

CFIA adds shipborne dunnage rules to wood packaging directive

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is publishing a revised directive D-98-08 Entry requirements for wood packaging material into Canada that includes a new shipborne dunnage program.

The revision includes specific import requirements for dunnage entering Canada via marine vessels. Entry of non-compliant dunnage and the presence of live pests in wood packaging material and shipborne dunnage increases risk to Canada’s forest and plant resource base. and is described in this revision.

A shipborne dunnage management program has been developed to address this significant risk and is described in this revision.

The revisions reflect the amendments made to the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15 regarding approved treatments associated with wood packaging material, as well as the mark and its application. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and its Commission on Phytosanitary Measures have adopted these revisions to provide further guidance to National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPO). These changes were adopted in 2018.

The directive, including the new shipborne dunnage program, will be fully applicable as of July 6th, 2023.

Link: CFIA Directive D-98-08: Entry Requirements for Wood Packaging Materials into Canada

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