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Phytosanitary certificates

A phytosanitary certificate is an official document issued by the plant protection organization of the exporting country to the plant protection organization of the importing country. It certifies that the plants or plant products covered by the certificate have been inspected according to appropriate procedures and are considered to be free from quarantine pests and that they are considered to conform with the current phytosanitary regulations of the importing country.

The phytosanitary certificate facilitates trade but it is not a trade document. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) provides a list of most of the national plant protection organizations (NPPO) that are involved in the issuance of phytosanitary certificates.


Canadian exporters should contact their local CFIA office to understand the export phytosanitary requirements, and arrange for export inspection and phytosanitary certification.

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