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Effective January 11, 2016 importers must list dead bait and germplasm in Chapter 5 in the Harmonized System

OTTAWA, November 27, 2015: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) would like to inform importers that effective January 11, 2016, germplasm imported for the following end uses must be declared in Chapter 5 of the Harmonized System (HS):

  • research and educational use;
  • culture;
  • diagnostic testing;
  • display in a zoo or public aquarium;
  • live bait; and
  • stocking and enhancement.

Also, aquatic animals found on the susceptible species list that are dead and will be used for dead bait must be declared in Chapter 5.

The aquatic animal health import requirements and release recommendations for these commodities are not changing.

All HS codes for Canada's list of susceptible species will be entered into Chapter 5 over time. As the remaining codes are entered into Chapter 5, importers will be notified through the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) listserve.

This change is required to bring the HS codes in AIRS into compliance with the World Customs Organization HS structure.

Aquatic animal import requirements are in place to protect Canada's aquatic animal resources. For more information on the regulations and import requirements for aquatic animals, visit the CFIA's webpage on import requirements.

For more information about importing aquatic animals or their products, contact the Centre of Administration at or phone 1–855–212–7695 or 613–773–5131.

Updates to import requirements on the Automated Import Reference System

Certain aquatic animals and their products are only permitted from countries with a negotiated zoosanitary export certificate. These certificates are negotiated between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the competent authority for aquatic animal health in the exporting country.

Effective November 25, 2015, information regarding import requirements found in the CFIA's Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) will be updated to list a "refuse entry" recommendation for cases where no export certificate has been negotiated.

Previously, if a zoosanitary export certificate had not been negotiated, import conditions intended to initiate negotiations were listed in AIRS. This applies to the Harmonized Item Description and Coding System Other Government Department (HSOGD) codes for susceptible species under the following HS Codes: 03.01, 03.02, 03.03, 03.06 and 03.07.

Aquatic animal import requirements are in place to protect Canada's aquatic animal resources.

This change does not affect aquatic animals or products being imported into Canada from countries that have already negotiated a zoosanitary export certificate.

Stakeholders who wish to import products from countries that do not have a negotiated zoosanitary export certificate should contact the CFIA's Centre of Administration to request that negotiations begin.

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