Newfoundland and Labrador soil restrictions

Protect Canadian agriculture: Help prevent the spread of pests

Attention travellers leaving Newfoundland and Labrador

All travellers leaving NL must complete a declaration form in advance of arriving at the ferry terminal to avoid processing delays. One declaration per vehicle may be completed for all travellers in the vehicle.

Protecting Canada's environment and agriculture from invasive plants and plant pests is important for the health of our economy and for our enjoyment of nature. Plant pests can damage Canada's environment and agriculture.

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is infested with three significant soil-borne pests:

These pests can be carried in soil, plants with roots, and root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and turnips. If spread, these pests have the potential to devastate Canada's potato industry.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) works to control and prevent the spread of these pests to other parts of Canada by restricting the movement of soil from Newfoundland and Labrador at all points of exit. This means you cannot transport soil or any materials carrying soil when leaving Newfoundland and Labrador.

Before leaving Newfoundland and Labrador, make sure you are not travelling with any of the following restricted items:

  • potatoes and any parts of potato plants (roots)
  • soil
  • root vegetables (such as turnips, carrots)
  • plants with roots and/or soil
  • containers with soil
  • used bags and burlap

If you need to travel with a restricted item, it may be possible through written authorization under a movement certificate issued by the CFIA. Please contact your local CFIA office before departure to learn more.

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