Asian Gypsy Moth Certification for Marine Vessels Entering Canadian Ports

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Full enforcement of the certification and entry requirements for marine vessels arriving from the regulated areas below is in force as follows:

All marine vessels arriving in Western Canadian ports from March 1 to September 15, and in Eastern Canadian ports, including inland ports, from March 15 to September 15, and which have visited ports during specified periods of risk for Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) during the current year or preceding year, that are located in the Russian Far East, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and all ports north of Shanghai (defined as all ports on or north of 31°15' north latitude) in the People's Republic of China must provide the following to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA):

  • 96-hour advance notice of arrival
  • list of previous ports of call over the last two years
  • valid Phytosanitary Certificate or other approved certificate issued by an authority recognized by the CFIA as per Appendix 4 of D -95-03: Plant protection policy for marine vessels arriving in Canada from areas regulated for Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar, Lymantria albescens, Lymantria postalba, Lymantria umbrosa)

West Coast:
Please provide the above information and documents by:
E-mail to: bc.agm@inspection.gc.ca or
Fax to 604-666-1156.

East coast:
Please provide the above information and documents by:
E-mail to: agm.atlantic@inspection.gc.ca or
Fax to 902-426-5147.

The certificate must state that the vessel was inspected and found free from AGM from at least the last port of call in a regulated area during the specified risk period. A vessel without the required certification may not be permitted entry into Canada. CFIA may conduct inspections at designated offshore inspection sites as an alternative to refusing entry. A vessel calling on a Canadian port for a second time without the required certification may be refused entry to Canada. All costs linked to the disruption of loading/unloading schedules and commitments are the responsibility of the vessel's owner. The vessel may be subject to additional enforcement action.

Full enforcement of the certification and entry requirements for marine vessels arriving from the expanded regulated area began March 1st, 2012. Certificates must be obtained if you visit a regulated area of Russia, Japan, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea within the specified period listed in the table below. The specified period is when the AGM female is flying and laying eggs. These specified periods vary within the regulated areas and are as follows:

Country Port or Prefecture Specified Period
Russian Far East Nakhodka, Ol'ga, Plastun, Pos'yet, Russkiy Island, Slavyanka, Vanino, Vladivostok, Vostochny, Zarubino, Kozmino July 1 to
September 30
People's Republic of China All ports in northern China, including all ports north of Shanghai (defined as all ports on or north of 31°15' north latitude) June 1 to
September 30
Republic of Korea All ports June 1 to
September 30
Japan – Northern Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima July 1 to
September 30
Japan Western Akita, Yamagata, Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa June 25 to
September 15
Japan - Eastern Fukui, Ibaraki, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie June 20 to
August 20
Japan - Southern Wakayama, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Tokushima, Ehime, Kochi, Fukuoka, Oita, Saga, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima June 1 to
August 10
Japan - Far Southern Okinawa May 25 to
June 30

To protect Canadian forests, the CFIA is committed to preventing the introduction of Asian gypsy moth from foreign ports and to ensure that all incoming vessels from regulated ports have been inspected and certified free from the pest by a recognized authority. Marine vessels entering Canada without approved certification will be non-compliant and subject to regulatory action. More information on penalties associated with Asian gypsy moth regulation can be obtained from your Canadian ship agent. For information on obtaining approved certification in ports located in the regulated areas, please contact your agents in Russia, Japan, China and Korea.

Further information can also be obtained from D-95-03: Plant protection policy for marine vessels arriving in Canada from areas regulated for Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar, Lymantria albescens, Lymantria postalba, Lymantria umbrosa)

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