May 15, 2015: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has revised its policy directive D-07-05: Phytosanitary requirements to prevent the introduction and spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae Annand) from the United States and within Canada. This directive describes the import and domestic movement requirements for all hemlock (Tsuga spp.), Yeddo spruce (Picea jezoensis), and Tiger-tail spruce (Picea polita) plants for planting, plant parts, and wood products with bark from areas of Canada and the United States (U.S.) infested with Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), to prevent its introduction into non-infested areas of Canada.
Some of the changes in the revised directive are:
- Inclusion of additional requirements for HWA-regulated materials imported from U.S. regulated areas to all areas of Canada, in order to prevent the introduction of the Eastern HWA haplotype into Western Canada. This includes the requirement for a Phytosanitary Certificate for all HWA regulated commodities, with an additional declaration attesting to how the material meets CFIA's requirements.
- Removal of the requirement for a Permit to Import for propagative material imported from HWA regulated areas of the U.S. to non-regulated areas of Canada. Import of this material will continue to require a Phytosanitary Certificate, with an additional declaration attesting to how the material meets CFIA's requirements.
- Inclusion of the requirement for a Phytosanitary Certificate for propagative material imported from HWA non-regulated areas of the U.S. to all areas of Canada, as per requirements set out in D-08-04.
- Inclusion of the use of an insecticide as a treatment option to meet CFIA's import and domestic movement requirements for certain regulated materials (including propagative material, Christmas trees, decorative wreaths, foliage and branches), originating from HWA regulated areas.
For Updated policy directive: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-protection/directives/forestry/d-07-05/eng/1323754212918/1323754664992
Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a regulated pest under the Plant Protection Act.