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CFIA updates import requirements for strawberry plants from the Netherlands


February 16, 2021
By Greenhouse Canada

Propagative plant material for strawberry is allowed to be imported from the Netherlands into Canada, so long as it meets recently updated phytosanitary requirements.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, “Imported propagative plant material of Fragaria spp.(excluding seeds) must be produced under the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) standard PM 4/11 (2) certification scheme for strawberry. Shipments must be accompanied by an import permit and phytosanitary certificate attesting to this.”

“Propagative plant material of Fragaria spp. (other than seed) is permitted to enter Canada only if it originates from the continental United States or the Netherlands. Material that originates from any other country is “Not Authorised Pending a Pest Risk Analysis” (NAPPRA) and is prohibited from entering Canada regardless of whether it spends any length of time in an approved country.”

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However, propagative materials and its progeny are not eligible for export to the United States, no matter how long it is held or grown in Canada.

More information can be found on the CFIA website


Source: CFIA