January 30, 2024 | Circular No. 11626

Dear Members

The Freight Management Association of Canada is hosting a free webinar on February 6 starting at 14h00 EST for a duration of 90 minutes to explore risk mitigation measures in order to reduce the introduction and spread of pests and contaminants in the sea container pathway.   Please click here for registration which is mandatory and see below for details.





Sea containers and their cargos are globally recognized pathways for movement of pests such as insects, snails and weeds and contaminants such as soil and plant debris.  These pests and contaminants present a serious threat to a nation’s agricultural production, forests, and bio-diversity.  Mitigating these risks is difficult due, in part, to the complexity of supply chains and the role of various supply chain stakeholders in cleaning, loading, handling, unloading and transporting by ship, rail, and truck.  Pests can be introduced on or in containers in many ways: packing, unpacking, cargo type, outdoor storage, box type, box maintenance, season, wind, rain, residue from previous loads, bird droppings, to name a few.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is the UN treaty that “aims to protect the world’s plants, agricultural products, and natural resources from invasive pests”.  Since 2008 the IPPC has been working to develop a global approach to reduce risks to plants in the sea container pathway.

The National Plant protection organizations in the IPPC for Canada and the United States are, respectively, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-APHIS-PPQ).

In addition to the work at the global level, CFIA and USDA-APHIS-PPQ have been working together through the North American Sea Container Initiative (NASCI), to look at ways to reduce the introduction and spread of invasive species and contaminants into North America

Implications for Shippers
An IPPC Sea Container Focus Group is evaluating the regulatory and non-regulatory measures that could impact the loading and unloading of containers by exporters and importers, and handling of containers by all modes of transport, and may result in cost implications for shippers.

Webinar Tuesday, February 6 

At the FMA webinar, Wendy Asbil of CFIA and Wendy Beltz of  USDA-APHIS-PPQ will brief shippers and other supply chain participants on the status of container cleanliness initiatives.  The webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes beginning at 2:00 p.m., EST on Tuesday, February 6.  There will be no charge for this webinar, but registration is required. This session will be recorded and will be available to registered attendees

Several relevant websites are
IPPC – International Plant Protection Convention
North American Sea Container Initiative : nappo.org
Canada’s role in international plant protection – Canadian Food Inspection Agency



Cédric Baumelle
Director, Marine Operations