APHIS Prohibits Entry of Fresh Cherries from Ontario, Canada

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Effectively immediately, fresh cherries from Ontario, Canada, will be refused entry at all U.S. ports. APHIS is taking this action to prevent the introduction of European cherry fruit fly, which has been detected in Ontario. The action applies to both commercial shipments and non-commercial imports, including fresh cherries carried by travelers who are crossing the U.S.-Canada border.

Fresh cherries from other Canadian provinces, including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Quebec, are allowed if they are accompanied by a bill of lading or vendor receipt that confirms the fruit’s origin.

Cherries that have been frozen, canned, cooked, dehydrated, jellied, juiced, or pickled, are allowed from all Canadian provinces.

View the Federal Order: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/plant_imports/federal_order/downloads/2017/DA-2017-15.pdf

For additional information, contact Senior Regulatory Policy Specialist Marc Phillips at 301-851-2114 or via email at Marc.Phillips@aphis.usda.gov.