Published: 15 March 2021

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture have recently issued their joint reminder about pre-certification requirements for ships that have been in areas regulated for Asian gypsy moth (AGM) during specified risk periods. AGM is a serious pest that can be carried on ships and in cargo, and populations are prevalent in some seaport areas in Far East Russia, Japan, Korea, and Northern China.

Vessels are required to arrive in North American ports free of AGM and with required pre-departure certification. During the 2019 and 2020 AGM flight periods, very high numbers of moths were observed in many regulated ports. To prevent a similar high number of vessels with egg masses arriving in 2021, extra vigilance in conducting self-inspection— in addition to obtaining AGM certification— is requested..

Vessels must provide two-year port of call data, at least 96 hours prior to arrival in a North American port, to the vessel’s Canadian or U.S. agent.

Requirements relating to Australia can be found on the website for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Australia)

Requirements relating to New Zealand can be found on the New Zealand Government website.

As advised 10/2020 the reporting requirements additionally apply to Argentina. SENASA Resolution 764/2020 entered into force on 12 January 2021.