Imports from Canada

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced that, effective June 1, 2023, additional chronic wasting disease-related verification is required for all Canadian-origin cervids imported into the U.S. The additional verification by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is to ensure that imported animals meet the standards outlined in USDA’s CWD Herd Certification Program.

APHIS states that it is working with CFIA to finalize the language for a formal health certificate addendum to be implemented by Sept. 1. In the interim, potential importers of Canadian-origin cervids into the U.S. should request that the exporters consult with their local district CFIA office prior to initiating any export-related processes or testing to confirm herd/animal eligibility for export.

Poultry Imports

Effective July 10, APHIS has removed restrictions on imports of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products from zones PCZ-179 and -184 in Quebec and PCZ-105 in Saskatchewan after the highly-pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in these areas were completely resolved.

APHIS notes that these were the last remaining zones under restriction in these two provinces and that as of July 10 no zones in either province are under APHIS restriction for HPAI.

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