Canada Will Implement New Import Requirements to Prevent Introduction of Lobesia botrana (European Grapevine Moth)

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Canada Will Implement New Import Requirements to Prevent Introduction of Lobesia botrana (European Grapevine Moth)


In April 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published a World Trade Organization notice (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. CFIA has completed its review of comments and plans to publish this directive by the end of December 2015. The new import requirements will become effective 30 days after the directive is published to allow a transition period. Shipments that leave their country of origin before the new directive is published will be subject to the import requirements that were in place at the time of export.


The new import requirements should have minimal impact on exports of L. botrana hosts to Canada that originate from the United States. CFIA will recognize the regulated areas for L. botrana and the movement requirements for L. botrana host taxa per the U.S. Federal Order “Domestic Quarantine for Lobesia botrana (European Grapevine Moth)”. U.S. regulatory information can be found at:


The new import requirements will primarily affect shipments of regulated host material that originate from L. botrana infested countries outside of the United States. Those shipments will have to 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 that is imported into the United States and 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 Terri Dunahay, APHIS PPQ Trade Director (301-851-2369;