CFIA asks for input on proposed wood packaging regulations

by Canadian Shipper

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking input on its import and export wood packaging programs.

The programs, put together with industry, are in response to standards for regulating wood packaging material in international trade set by the International Plant Protection Convention last year. Those standards are to be implemented by many of Canada’s major trading partners. They outline mandatory treatment requirements and a product marking system for all wood packaging products.

To meet Canada’s obligations with the implementations of the International Standard, both our import and export certification policies must be harmonized to the new standards.

"Collectively, the policies will affect all Canadian importers and exporters who use unmanufactured wood packaging for the movement of cargo to and from off-continent area," CFIA says.

Comments from members are invited by mail, fax or e-mail to the attention of Joanne Rousson, by 31 March 2003: Canadian Food Inspection Agency 59 Camelot Drive, Nepean, ON K1A 0Y9. The fax number is 613-228-6602. E-mail: Please copy the secretariat with your comments.

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