February 14, 2022 | Circular No. 11392

Dear Member,

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have issued a 2022 Joint AGM bulletin to industry produced jointly with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  This bulletin serves as a reminder of the annual AGM program requirements for vessels that have called on regulated areas and then subsequently travel to North American ports.  A key change for the 2022 season is the extension of the specific risk periods for Japan and Russian.  Details of the extended risk periods can be found in the below table.

Regulated Areas and Specified Risk Periods

Country Port or Prefecture Specified Risk
Period* 2021
Specified Risk
Period* 2022
Russian Far East Nakhodka, Ol’ga, Plastun, Pos’yet, Russkiy Island, Slavyanka, Vanino, Vladivostok, Vostochny, Zarubino, Kozmino July 1 to September 30 June 15 to October 15
People’s Republic of
All ports in northern China, including all ports on or north of 31°15´ June 1 to September 30 June 1 to September 30
Republic of Korea All ports June 1 to September 30 June 1 to September 30
Japan – Northern Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Akita, Yamagata July 1 to September 30 June 15 to October 15
Japan – Central/Western Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa June 25 to September 15 June 1 – September 30
Japan – Central/Eastern Fukui, Ibaraki, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie June 20 to August 20 June 1 – September 30
Japan – Southern Wakayama, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Tokushima, Ehime, Kochi, Fukuoka, Oita, Saga, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima June 1 to August 10 May 15 to August 30
Japan – Far Southern Okinawa May 25 to June 30 May 25 to June 30

To prevent the introduction of AGM pests to the North American environment, vessels must arrive free of AGM and with pre-departure certification.  More specifically, for vessels that have visited the regulated areas during the specified risk period, the following measures are required:

  1. Vessels should be inspected and certificated free of AGM by a recognized certification body
  2. Vessels must arrive in North American ports free from AGM
  3. Vessels must provide two-year port of call data, at least 96 hours prior to arrival in a North American port, to the vessel’s Canadian or U.S. agent

More information regarding uncertified vessels arriving from AGM-regulated areas can be found here.

The CFIA is holding an AGM information session on February 28th from 1200-1230hrs PST/1500-1530hrs EST/1600-1630hrs AST.  The CFIA will review the 2021 AGM season and provide an overview of the changes to the specified risk periods for 2022.  The Federation will attend this meeting and provide a recap to members, however if you wish to participate directly, below are the meeting details:


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Please direct any questions to the undersigned


Chad Allen

Director, Marine Operations