Import requirements for Fresh Guatemalan Raspberries and Blackberries
Enforcement of the Import Requirement

The Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) will be updated every year to reflect the March 15 to August 14 import restriction for fresh raspberries only, whereby shipments of Guatemalan cultivated fresh raspberries will be refused entry. Fresh cultivated Guatemalan blackberries will now be permitted entry year-round.

Wild blackberries and wild raspberries

Inspection staff should verify shipments of blackberries from Guatemala on a routine basis to ensure that they are not wild. The Blackberries Varieties Comparision chart found below may be used to assist in distinguishing between wild and cultivated fresh blackberries. Inspection staff should also review the shipping documents; confirmation of sale (COS), invoices etc., to ensure the shipment does not contain wild blackberries or wild raspberries.

If Guatemalan wild blackberries or wild raspberries are found on the Canadian marketplace, CFIA inspectors must place them under detention and have them removed from Canada or destroyed. If either Guatemalan wild blackberries or wild raspberries have already been distributed, immediately contact the Area Recall Coordinator.

Cultivated Raspberries

From March 15 to August 14, inspection staff should verify on a routine basis that cultivated fresh raspberries from Guatemala are not found in the Canadian marketplace. If Guatemalan fresh raspberries are imported from March 15 - August 14, CFIA inspectors must place them under detention and have them removed from Canada or destroyed. If Guatemalan fresh cultivated raspberries have already been distributed, immediately contact the Area Recall Coordinator.

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