D-01-07: Canadian phytosanitary import requirements for fresh citrus and tropical fruits

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Effective date: October 3, 2014
(2nd revision)

Subject

This directive provides the general policy for importation of fresh citrus and tropical fruits.

This directive has been revised to make administrative changes only. The requirements have not changed.

Table of contents

Review

This directive will be updated as required. For further information or clarification, please contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Endorsement

Approved by:

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Chief Plant Health Officer

Introduction

The CFIA considers that fresh citrus and tropical fruit pose a relatively low risk for the entry of pests of quarantine concern for Canada.

Scope

This directive is intended for the use of CFIA staff, Canada Border Services Agency staff, National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) of exporting countries and any individual or company intending to import fresh citrus and tropical fruits from any country into Canada.

References

This directive supersedes all previous versions of directive D-01-07.

D-01-06: Canadian phytosanitary policy for the notification of non-compliance and emergency action CFIA, Ottawa.

D-07-03: Phytosanitary Import Requirements to Prevent the Entry of Epiphyas postvittana (light brown apple moth) CFIA, Ottawa.

Definitions, abbreviations and acronyms

Definitions for terms used in the present document can be found in the Plant Health Glossary of Terms.

1.0 General requirements

1.1 Legislative authority

Plant Protection Act, S.C. 1990, c. 22
Plant Protection Regulations, SOR/95-212
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Fees Notice, Canada Gazette: Part I (as amended from time to time)

1.2 Fees

The CFIA charges fees in accordance with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Fees Notice. For information regarding fees associated with imported product, please contact the National Import Service Centre (NISC). Anyone requiring other information regarding fees may contact any local CFIA office or visit our Fees Notice website.

1.3 Commodities

Fresh citrus and tropical fruits.

Examples of citrus or tropical fruits: avocados, bananas, coconuts, grapefruit, jackfruit, lemons, lichees, limes, longans, mangoes, oranges, papayas, pineapples.

1.4 Regulated areas

All countries.

2.0 Specific requirements

Certain tropical fruits, such as mangoes and lychees, from certain origins are regulated for Epiphyas postvittana (light brown apple moth). Please see directive D-07-03: Phytosanitary Import Requirements to Prevent the Entry of Epiphyas postvittana (light brown apple moth) or the CFIA's Automated Import Reference System for details.

For all other citrus and tropical fruits from all other origins, a Phytosanitary Certificate or a Permit to Import are not required.

All shipments must be free from soil, soil-related matter, pests, leaves and plant debris.

3.0 Non-compliance

Imported consignments may be inspected by the CFIA and must meet all requirements when they reach first point of arrival in Canada. Products that are found to be infested with pests of quarantine concern or are otherwise non-compliant will be refused entry to Canada, and must be removed from the country or destroyed. Infested shipments may be ordered treated prior to disposal to prevent the spread of pests. The importer is responsible for all costs relating to treatment, disposal or removal of the products. The CFIA will advise the NPPO of the country of origin of any non-compliance with any conditions outlined in this directive as per directive D-01-06: Canadian phytosanitary policy for the notification of non-compliance and emergency action.

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