June 29, 2023 | Circular No. 11543

Dear Member,

As per below notice received from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, please be advised that the new shipborne dunnage program which was scheduled to come into effect on July 6th (CL 11496) has been delayed.  Therefore, the revised directive D-98-08 which is the Entry Requirement for Wood Packaging Material Into Canada will be coming into effect November 6th, 2023.

 Shipborne Dunnage Program Extension
On January 6, 2023, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published directive D-98-08 Entry requirements for wood packaging material into Canada which includes details on the new shipborne dunnage program. At the time of publication the implementation deadline of the directive was July 6, 2023.

The CFIA’s forestry section has extended the implementation deadline by 4 months to allow more time for the industry to address implementation issues. As a result, full implementation of the shipborne dunnage program will be required by November 6, 2023.

For more information regarding the application of this directive, please consult a local CFIA office.


Farah Ahmad,
Administrative Coordinator
Cell: 514-702-2325