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CFIA and USDA-APHIS Work Plan Released

(Regulatory Cooperation Council)

The CFIA and USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will continue to advance a perimeter approach to plant protection (PAPP) to protect Canada and the U.S. from the unintentional introduction of pests and invasive alien species through movement of plants and plant products through equivalent approaches to regulatory compliance and enforcement and information sharing.

This will include the alignment of phytosanitary import requirements and related systems wherever possible and streamlining of the certification processes for plants and products flowing between Canada and the U.S.

In order to prevent the spread of serious pest risks associated with the movement in trade of untreated wood packaging between the U.S. and Canada, the countries are seeking to:

Develop a bilaterally harmonized, trade sensitive approach (e.g. delayed enforcement) to the adoption of the regulatory requirements for wood packaging moving between Canada and the U.S. in keeping with ISPM 15, Regulation of wood packaging in international trade

Undertake effective cooperation in outreach resulting in a cross-border trading sector fully capable of meeting the requirements at the time regulations are fully enforced

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