Do you know what happens if a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer finds non-compliant wood packaging in your shipment and/or evidence of live insects? The container will be fumigated as per CBSA / CFIA requirements, and the entire contents, including your goods, will be exported back to the country of origin. Worse still, it could take weeks or longer to complete the fumigation if the chemical used to do the fumigation, methyl bromide, is not immediately available.
It should be noted that fumigation is not acceptable for importation into Canada, which means importers should advise their suppliers to abstain from this practice. The best way to protect your business interests is to educate your suppliers that all wood packaging (skids, container blocking, bracing and dunnage) included in your shipments must be fully ISPM 15 compliant, the standard established to prevent the invasion of non-local insects that can damage the environment.
For more information, contact Debbie McGuire, Manager – Freight Solutions.