Importing plants and related matter into Canada
Permit to import
Your permit to import authorizes you to import those plants or other matter listed on your application form (unless you are notified otherwise). You will receive a letter informing you of any thing listed on your application that is not admissible and the reason for the rejection.
No person, other than an inspector shall alter, deface or erase any information or statement on a permit to import.
If you are using a broker, it is your responsibility to provide the broker with your permit to import number and/or a copy of the permit to import. The Permit Office cannot provide this information to your broker on your behalf.
Time of entry into Canada
You must present your permit number to customs and/or CFIA inspectors at the time the material enters Canada. Presenting a copy of your permit to import should facilitate a quicker release of your material.
Your material may be subject to inspection at the time of entry into Canada or at destination of the material.
If inspector has specified in writing the location where the material will be examined, ensure:
- the material is kept at the specified location
- containers remain unopened and the material remains unpacked
Inform your exporter of the following
- Your permit number and any certification requirements as outlined in your permit.
- The phytosanitary certificate(s), if required, must accompany the shipment.
- If plants will be re-exported, the exporter should request their national plant protection organization to include additional declaration(s) on the phytosanitary certificate to meet phytosanitary import requirements for the destination country. Additional declarations required by other countries will not be included on permits to import into Canada.
Questions about import procedures
If you have any questions about import procedures, contact the CFIA's National Import Service Centre.
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