Update To The Canadian Import Requirements For Corn On The Cob

After continual conversations with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in reference to the updates to the import requirements for corn on the cob, we have received the following details.

When Originating From European Corn Borer Infested State

If the product destined to British Columbia, originates from a European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (ECB) infested state, then a Phytosanitary Certificate is required.

List Of ECB Infested States:

A list of ECB infested states as per directive D-95-28: Plant Protection Import and Domestic Movement Requirements for Corn (Zea mays) can be found below.

United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Please note this list is subject to change without notice as the CFIA updates their regulations. We recommend referring directly to D-95-28: Plant Protection Import and Domestic Movement Requirements for Corn (Zea mays) for the most up-to-date information.

When Originating From A Non-Infested State

If the corn on the cob originates in a non-infested state such as California, then a Certificate of Proof of Origin, signed and stamped by an authorized State Authority must be provided. A certificate of proof of origin can be any official USDA document which states where the corn was grown. The CFIA has also advised that should the appropriate state agricultural authority complete a certificate similar to those found in Directives D-05-02 and D-06-03 it will be acceptable. Please note, these requirements apply to all fresh corn on the cob, whether it is still in the husk, or if the husk has been removed and packaged for retail sale.

For more information visit: D-95-28: Plant Protection Import and Domestic Movement Requirements for Corn (Zea mays)

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Gloria Terhaar
CCS, CTCS, CBSA Professional Designate

Gloria Terhaar has over 17 years of Canadian customs brokerage experience. She currently works in our Canadian division as a Trade Compliance Supervisor and Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Gloria has extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadain produce industry.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.