CFIA changes for forestry articles

The purpose of this notice is to inform your company about the CFIA changes to “no-permit-required” (NPR) letters for forestry articles.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is updating its imports requirements for certain articles of wood and some articles that contain wooden components.

As part of these updates, it is no longer possible to obtain a “no-permit-required” (NPR) letter. Examples of articles for which NPR letters could have been issued include: prefabricated buildings made of wood, wooden furniture with bark, and sculptures and statuettes of wood exceeding 1.5 cm in thickness or with bark.

Instead, an import permit may be issued for these articles. A case-by-case evaluation is still required to determine if importation may be approved and to establish permit entry conditions and other safeguards.

The Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) will be officially modified September 1, 2021, and references to NPR letters will be removed. However, NPR letters issued in the past will continue to be accepted at the point of import until that date. Importers holding NPR letters should apply for a permit to import if they wish to continue importing after September 1, 2021.

The AIRS can be consulted here.

More information on plant import procedures can be found here.

Import permits may be applied for at MyCFIA, here.

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact the Axxess team:


Marc Antoine Jean, CCS
Customs Compliance Director
Phone: 514-849-9377

Marc Filion, CCS, CTCS
Regulatory Affairs Director
Phone: 514-849-9377
email :

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