September 8, 2021
Effective September 14, 2021, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the entry requirements for the importation of Fragaria spp., Rosa spp., and Rubus spp. plants produced in Canada to prevent the introduction of the strawberry blossom weevil (Anthonomus rubi) into the United States.

This Federal Order modifies the entry requirements for Fragaria spp., Rosa spp., and Rubus spp. plants for planting from Canada.  A copy is also attached.

Fragaria spp. and Rosa spp. plants for planting from Canada imported under the GCP and the CNCP will be allowed only after implementation of the pest module for Anthonomus rubi.

Plants imported outside the GCP and CNCP program from Canada must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration certifying that the plants in the shipment fulfill the following requirements prior to importation into the United States and territories:

The plants have been produced and certified by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Canada as a pest-free place of production or a pest free production site for the strawberry blossom weevil (Anthonomus rubi) following the requirements of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures-10.

The shipment has been inspected and found to be free of the strawberry blossom weevil (Anthonomus rubi).

CFIA, CNLA and FCG will be working closely over the next week to develop the pest modules for CNCP and GCP growers, as well as the protocols needed for non-CNCP and non-GCP growers to meet a pest free place of production or pest free production site certification.

Until September 14, exports can continue without any of these requirements.

If you have any questions or concerns, or have any issues with exports of these plants, please do not hesitate to contact CNLA Growers Manager, Jamie Aalbers at jamie@canadanursery.com or  647-724-8630 or LO Grower Technical Analyst, Jeanine West at jwest@landscapeontario.com or 705-796-8812.

FEDERAL ORDER