New Import Requirements to Prevent European Grapevine Moth

December 1, 2015 | Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Implementation of New Import Requirements to Prevent Introduction of Lobesia botrana (European Grapevine Moth)

In April 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published a WTO notification (SPS/N/CAN/808) requesting stakeholder comments on a new draft CFIA directive D-13-03: Phytosanitary import requirements to prevent the introduction of Lobesia botrana, the European grapevine moth. The CFIA has completed the review of the comments received and plans to publish this document on December 31, 2015. The CFIA will allow a 30 day transition period, with full enforcement of the requirements commencing on February 1 2016.

 The new preventative requirements will impact the importation of regulated host material from regulated areas, whether the material is imported directly into Canada or via a third country.

There should be minimal impact on export of L. botranahost taxa to Canada originating from the United States as the CFIA is recognizing the regulated areas for L. botranaand the movement requirements for L. botaranahost taxa as per the U.S. Federal Order “Domestic Quarantine for Lobesia botrana (European Grapevine Moth)”, which can be found at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/eg_moth/regulatory_info.shtml.

Under the new directive, the CFIA will require that regulated host material from regulated areas outside of the United States meet one of three requirements: fumigation; production in a CFIA-approved pest free area; or production under a CFIA-approved systems approach. Regulated host material imported into the United States intended for re-export to Canada must be accompanied by documentation that demonstrates the product meets Canadian requirements for Lobesia botrana.Regulated host material may be fumigated in the United States prior to re-export to Canada if the material does not meet Canadian import requirements upon entry to the United States. 

 If you have questions about the new requirements please contact your local CFIA office. http://inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/offices/eng/1313255382836/1313256130232