Background

Effective Dec. 30, 2022, and until further notice, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has removed restrictions on the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products originating from or transiting the following five zones in Canada: PCZ-95 in Alberta, PCZ-104 in British Columbia, PCZ-120 in British Columbia, PCZ-121 in British Columbia, and PCZ-140 in Saskatchewan.

APHIS had placed avian commodity restrictions on these zones due to a diagnosis of highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic birds, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has now effectively demonstrated complete resolution of the HPAI outbreak in these zones.

APHIS continues to restrict the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products originating from or transiting seven zones in Alberta, twelve zones in British Columbia, six zones in Manitoba, four zones in Ontario, two zones in Quebec, and ten zones in Saskatchewan.

Under these restrictions, processed avian products and byproducts originating from or transiting a restricted zone, imported as cargo, must be accompanied by an APHIS import permit and/or government certification confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements. In addition, fresh, unprocessed shell/table eggs and other egg products, void of the shell (i.e., liquid eggs, dried egg whites), originating from or transiting a restricted zone and imported as cargo, are prohibited unless they are consigned from the port of arrival directly to an APHIS-approved breaking and pasteurization facility. An import permit and/or certificate is/are not required for these shipments when consigned to an APHIS-approved establishment.

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