Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 25, 2011 14:08 ET

New Seed Import Pre-clearance to Reflect Speed of Commerce

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2011) - Producers will now be able to get quality seed faster with improved seed import procedures. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will now have the ability to streamline pre- clearance procedures for imported seed, preventing backlog at the border and allowing approved seed to reach its destination more quickly.

"This new procedure provides the flexibility needed to get safe, quality seed into the hands of producers faster," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "This small change will benefit producers, importers and the entire Canadian agriculture sector by making sure import procedures reflect the speed of commerce."

Effective immediately, the CFIA can complete the conformity assessment and issue the required documents in advance for all imported seed that meets Canadian import requirements. When the shipment arrives at the border, the associated documentation will be verified and the seed can continue to its destination.

The Government of Canada is committed to reducing barriers to trade for our producers while protecting Canada's plant resource base from pests and diseases. The CFIA will continue to monitor imported seed lots through regular sampling and testing, both at the destination and in the market place.

The CFIA's seed sampling and testing program is designed to maintain a supply of quality seed for Canadian seed companies and producers while preventing the entry of prohibited seeds from noxious weeds and invasive plants.

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