US and Canadian Ports – Asian Gypsy Moth Requirements

Updated July 2019

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The US Department of Agriculture and Canadian Food Inspection Agency have issued a joint notice to update their advice on dealing with the Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM). The risk of introducing AGM into North America from Far East Russia, Japan, Korea, and Northern China continues to be a concern and a regime of inspection, reporting and, where necessary, quarantine is in effect at US and Canadian ports for vessels arriving from areas considered to be high risk AGM areas. The measures include the following:

1. Vessels must be inspected and obtain pre-departure certification from a recognized certification body located in a regulated area and forward a copy of the certificate, stating that the vessel is free of Asian gypsy moth life stages, to their US or Canadian agents. The inspections should be performed as close to departure time from the regulated port as possible.

2. Vessels must arrive to North American ports free from AGM. To avoid facing inspection delays, re-routing and other potential impacts associated with mitigating the risk of entry of AGM to North America, shipping lines should perform intensive vessel self-inspections to look for, remove (scrape off) and properly dispose of or destroy all egg masses and other life stages of AGM prior to entering US and Canadian ports.

3. Vessels must provide two year port of call data, at least 96 hours prior to arrival at a North American port, to the Canadian or US agent. The agent will ensure that this information is provided to US and Canadian officials.

Full details can be seen in the joint notice of July 2019 which is available to view below.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency & United States Department of Agriculture Asian Gypsy Moth Joint Notice July 2019

United States Department of Agriculture : Special Procedures for Ships Arriving from Areas with Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM)

Other useful resources:

US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Pest Alert: Asian Gypsy Moth PDF