Published: 18 July 2019

The United States and Canada have reportedly received reports of high population levels of Asian gypsy moth (AGM) in some countries regulated for AGM. AGM has recently been detected, in some instances in high numbers, on ships arriving in North America. These detections have led to delayed entry to ports in the United States and Canada and could result in refusal of entry.

Members are reminded that, to avoid potential delays to port entry or even refusal of entry in North America, they should:

  • Arrange for AGM inspection, removal of all AGM life forms and certification as close as possible to departure from areas regulated for AGM to avoid re-infestation
  • Ensure that all ship activities in regulated areas (e.g. bunkering) are concluded or in the process of being concluded prior to obtaining AGM certification
  • Conduct ship self-checking while en-route to North America to remove and destroy all egg masses and other life forms of AGM detected
  • Ensure ships are in good repair and decks are clear of debris and unnecessary obstacles to allow for thorough inspection both in AGM regulated areas and upon arrival in North America.

Members are also reminded that inspection and certification must be provided by a recognized source of AGM certificates.

For Canada: D-95-03: Plant protection policy for marine vessels

For the United States: Special Procedures for Ships Arriving from Areas with Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM)