USDA Act on Restrictions of Certain Imports

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Trade Update • May 10, 2023

he United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released an import alert for High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) originating from Canada. The alert was put in place due to recent outbreaks of HPAI in Canada.

The alert states that any poultry or poultry products originating from Canada that are suspected of carrying HPAI will be detained without physical examination. If the products are found to be infected with HPAI, they will be refused entry into the United States. The alert also requires that all importers of poultry and poultry products from Canada have a written guarantee from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that the products have been inspected and tested for HPAI.

Restricted Zones

Restrictions continue on the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products originating from or transiting the following zones in Canada:

  • 2 zones in Alberta (PCZ-93 and PCZ-106);
  • 1 zone in British Columbia (PCZ-169);
  • 4 zones in Ontario (PCZ-176, PCZ-177, PCZ-181, and PCZ185);
  • 9 zones in Quebec (PCZ-174, PCZ-178, PCZ-179, PCZ-180, PCZ-182, PCZ-183, PCZ184, PCZ-186, and PCZ-187);
  • and 3 zones in Saskatchewan (PCZ-99, PCZ-105, and PCZ-108)

Under these restrictions, processed avian products and byproducts originating from or transiting a restricted zone, imported as cargo, must be accompanied by an APHIS import permit and/or government certification confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.

Fresh, unprocessed shell/table eggs and other egg products, void of the shell (i.e., liquid eggs, dried egg whites) originating from or transiting a restricted zone, imported as cargo, are prohibited unless they are consigned from the port of arrival directly to an APHIS-approved breaking and pasteurization facility. An import permit and/or certificate is/are not required for these shipments when consigned to an APHIS-approved establishment.

Note: Effective May 4, 2023, APHIS has removed restrictions on subject imports from zones PCZ-158, -165, and -166 in British Columbia, and zones PCZ-172 and -173 in Quebec, after the HPAI outbreaks in these areas were resolved.

Maps of the zones listed above are available on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Highly pathogenic avian influenza zones webpage.

Questions about these restrictions on imports and affected zones, contact us, we’re here to help.


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