February 15, 2018

The Canadian and US authorities have published a joint bulletin about AGM which, as Members will know, is a serious pest that can be carried on ships and cargo. AGM populations are prevalent in some seaport areas in Far East Russia, Japan, Korea, and Northern China.

Ships arriving in North American ports must be free of AGM and must have the required pre-departure certification.

1. Ships must be inspected and must obtain pre-departure certification from a recognised certification body. A copy of the certificate, stating that the ship is free of AGM life stages, must be forwarded to their US or Canadian agents. The certificate must be issued from at least the last port of call in a regulated area that was visited during the specific risk period.

2. Ships must arrive in North American ports free from AGM. To avoid facing inspection delays, re-routing and other potential impacts associated with mitigating the risk of entry of AGM to North America, shipping lines should perform intensive ship self-inspections to look for, remove (scrape off) and properly dispose of or destroy all egg masses and other life stages of AGM prior to entering US and Canadian ports.

3. Ships must provide two-year port of call data, at least 96 hours prior to arrival in a North American port, to the Canadian or US agent. The agent is to ensure that this information is provided to US and Canadian officials.

For full details of the AGM areas, please see the full text of the bulletin.