February 27, 2024 | Circular No. 11634

Dear Members,

This is a friendly reminder of the high-risk period for shipborne dunnage coming into effect as indicated below:

  • March 1 to November 15 for all ports in British Columbia
  • March 15 to October 31 for all other ports in Canada

The following is as per Appendix 7 of D-98-08 which summarizes the impact of high and low risk periods for storage and movement requirements:

Storage Requirements Low Risk
Period
High Risk
Period
All discharged dunnage must be identified and segregated from any other kind of wood material.

X

X

The shipborne dunnage not meeting entry requirements as per section 6.3 of D-98-08 must be stored in a manner that will allow for safe and efficient inspection by the CFIA.

X

X

Discharged dunnage must be stored in a manner to avoid any pest escape at all times, other than when actively discharging.  

X

Shipborne dunnage must be transported to a disposal or processing facility within 72 hours of completion of discharge.  

X

Discharged dunnage does not need to be secured and can be stored with no limitation of time, but must be completely disposed of or processed prior to the end of the low-risk period.

X

Dunnage may be stored at a CFIA-approved temporary location.

X

 

 

Movement Requirements Low Risk
Period
High Risk
Period
The movement of shipborne dunnage from the designated terminal is not permitted without prior written approval of the CFIA local office.

X

X

All shipborne dunnage must be identified and kept segregated from any other wood material at all times.

X

X

Any other kind of wood material that is unidentified or has been co-mingled with shipborne dunnage must be disposed of or processed in the same manner as the shipborne dunnage.

X

X

Shipborne dunnage must be transported in such a manner so as to avoid any pest escape during transport.  

X

Shipborne dunnage must be covered so as to prevent the loss of material during transport.

X

 
The PCP must describe how the transporter will prevent the escape of pests in the event of an accident or other extraordinary incident during the transport.

X

X

We would also like to remind you that vessel owner or agent must notify the respective Canadian Food Inspection Office (CFIA) at least 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival in Canadian waters, if vessel intends to discharge dunnage in Canada.  Please click here for a fillable Notification Template.

Please contact the undersigned or Farah Ahmad (fahmad@shipfed.ca ) if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Cédric Baumelle
Director, Marine Operations