June 22, 2023 | Circular No. 11536

Dear Member,

This is an invitation to a webinar delivered by representatives of the North American Sea Container Initiative (NASCI) and the Plant Export Division of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s International Affairs Branch scheduled for Thursday July 6 from 13h30-15h00 EST.  Please CLICK HERE to register.  Once you have registered, a Teams Meeting invite will follow shortly.

The webinar will provide an overview of the International Plant Protection Convention and the North American Plant Protection Organization. It will highlight work undertaken at the regional and international level towards minimizing pest movement via sea containers and cargo throughout the supply chain.

Sea containers and their cargoes are globally recognized pathways for movement of plant 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. Plant health authorities from around the world have been engaged in discussions about how to effectively reduce the pest risks associated with this container pathway.

This webinar will also provide a platform for idea exchange on sea container cleanliness measures.  Some things to consider are:

  • What practices you currently have in place to ensure that cargo and container are free of insects, snails, weed seeds, soil, plant debris, etc.
  • Difficulties  encountered or anticipated when conducting cleanliness checks
  • Pests and contaminants encountered in/on cargo and containers
  • Appropriate measures you could take or influence to mitigate pest and contaminant risks
  • Information and/or support needed to ensure container cleanliness


Farah Ahmad
Administrative Coordinator
Shipping Federation of Canada