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Share your thoughts: Consultation on proposed import and domestic directives for propagative and fresh decorative fruit tree material

Current status: Closed

This consultation was open from May 2, 2023 to June 30, 2023.

About the consultation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently reviewed Canada's phytosanitary requirements for the importation of propagative and fresh decorative fruit tree material. As a result, the CFIA plans to repeal policy directive D-99-07: Policy for importation from the United States and domestic movement of plum pox virus (PPV) susceptible Prunus propagative plant material and replace it with two new directives. One directive will focus on fruit tree imports and the other on domestic movement of PPV-susceptible Prunus spp.

Who was the focus of this consultation

The CFIA sought comments from:

Key themes for discussion

The CFIA sought feedback from Canadian stakeholders and international trading partners affected by the publication of these directives, including any proposed changes to existing requirements.

Directive D-22-01 serves to amalgamate the fruit tree-specific import requirements from all origins into a single document, including those that were previously only found in CFIA's Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) and not otherwise included in a specific plant health policy directive. It outlines the phytosanitary import requirements for propagative plants and plant parts (including fresh cut branches and flowers for decorative use) of:

While most of the requirements outlined in directive D-22-01 remain consistent with current import requirements, the CFIA is proposing several changes to reflect current science, including the eligibility requirements of decorative branches and cut flowers, true seedlings, and Prunus spp. from Europe. The list of superseded directives, as well as details of all proposed changes, can be found on pages 1 and 2 of the directive.

Directive D-22-02 is specific to plum pox virus (PPV). This directive:

The requirements outlined in directive D-22-02 remain consistent with CFIA's current domestic movement requirements outlined in directive D-99-07, with the exception of a few minor changes which are summarized on page 1 and 2 of D-22-02. These changes have been made according to the most recent science and are commensurate with risk to ensure the continued protection of Canada's fruit tree industry and mitigate the risk of new introductions of regulated pests into Canada.

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