February 28, 2019

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture have recently issued their joint reminder about the pre-certification required if ships have been in areas regulated for AGM during specified periods.  Those areas are set out in the relevant websites but a summary is as follows:

Area Specified risk period
Russian –  far east ports 1 July – 30 September
PR China –  northern ports 1 June – 30 September
Korea – all ports 1 June – 30 September
Japan – northern ports 1 July – 30 September
Japan – western ports 25 June – 15 September
Japan – eastern ports 20 June – 20 August
Japan – southern ports 1 June – 10 August
Japan – Okinawa 25 May – 30 June
  • Ships must be inspected and obtain pre-departure certification from a recognised body from the last port of call in a regulated area visited during the risk period. This must be forwarded to their US or Canadian agents.
  • Ships must also arrive in Canadian and US ports free from AGM by carrying out inspections during the voyage and destroying all AGM life stages found in advance of port entry.
  • Ships must provide their local agents with two years of port call data at least 96 hours before arriving in a Canadian or US port.

For further information Members are advised to check with their local agents and to refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and APHIS websites.