IMPORTS OF WOOD PRODUCTS REQUIRE PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) HS Target List has been updated to reflect the most recent look-out for wooden products that may contain harmful pests. Effective immediately, shipments of the following products require phytosanitary certificates if they are made from components that are 2.54 cm or more in thickness:

  • Statuettes and other ornaments (4420.10)
  • Jewellery / cutlery boxes and similar articles (4420.90)
  • Coat or hat racks, other wooden furnishing articles (4420.90)
  • Other articles of untreated wood, including Venetian blinds (4421.90) *

If these articles are made from components that are under 2.54 cm in thickness, then they must meet the following conditions: 

  • Must be free of pests and signs of living pests
  • Must be completely sealed with paint or penetrating wood stain
  •  Must not contain bark or cones
  • Must be dried

* Note: Completely finished articles of 4421.90, with no further processing required (i.e. lacquered, painted, etc.) do not require a phytosanitary certificate regardless of component thickness.

All such shipments must be accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate and/or a Phytosanitary Certificate for Re-export attesting that the material was fumigated with methyl bromide as specified. in Appendix 1 of the D-02-12. The treatment details must be outlined in the appropriate boxes of the Phytosanitary Certificate.

A Fumigation Certificate, in lieu of a Phytosanitary Certificate, may be accepted from certain fumigation facilities where the facility has been endorsed by the exporting National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO).

Importers should note that whether or not the products above require phytosanitary certificates, they are now treated as OGD (Other Government Department), and require additional coding in order to secure customs release.

Details on acceptable fumigation treatments are available in Appendix 1 of the CFIA’s Directive D-02-12 at:
 CFIA Approved Treatments

A list of fumigation facilities endorsed by the NPPO (Appendix 5 of D-02-12) is at. 
CFIA Approved Fumigation Companies

International Plant Protection Convention Requirements for Phytosanitary Certificates are at: 
IPPC Requirements for Phytosanitary Certificates

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