ASIAN GYPSY MOTH (AGM)
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.