On July 29, 2021, Canada’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Mary Jane Ireland, affirmed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) support for the Dominican Republic’s efforts to manage confirmed findings of African swine fever (ASF). Read the full statement here.

This finding indicates that the disease is getting closer to our borders and reinforces the need to remain vigilant to …


 

The United States announced that, to decrease the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant, it is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at the land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through September 21, while ensuring the continued flow of essential trade and travel.

Given the outbreak and continued transmission and spread of COVID-19 within the United States …


 

The Chamber of Marine Commerce reports that overall cargo volumes on the St. Lawrence Seaway through to the end of July reached 16.7 million metric tons, 5 per cent ahead of 2020 totals, boosted by strong shipments of cement, steel and steel-making materials.

Year-to-date iron ore shipments via the Seaway reached 3.5 million metric tons from March 22 through …


 

Statistics Canada reports that Canadian railways carried 29.5 million tonnes of freight in June. This was a slight increase (0.5%) from June 2020 (29.4 million tonnes), when rail traffic volumes fell to a four-year low because of widespread shutdowns at the onset of the pandemic.

The Federal Agency notes that the overall tonnage remained just below the five-year average …


 

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that it will proceed with the resumption of service at various small marine reporting sites, airports of entry and ferry terminals over the coming days and weeks.

This follows the coming into force of new public health measures affecting travel to Canada for fully vaccinated United States (U.S.) citizens and permanent residents …