U.S.D.A. – Agriculture

USDA – Department of Agriculture: 

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) web site provides important information for importers wishing to import meat products, poultry products, egg products and many other agriculture commodities.  The importation of certain products may require that the U.S. importer or consignee hold a Veterinary Services import permit.  Answers to many of your questions can be found at the website of the USDA.

Wood Packing Material is also highly regulated by the U.S.D.A.  Over the past 8 years there has been a growing global initiative afoot to ensure that wood packing materials circulating the globe are not laden with bug infestation.  As such the U.S.D.A. is many years into the process of demanding that pallets be properly marked with their treatment format (ISPM15 or IPPC).  If importers use unmarked pallets your shipment may be refused entry.  If your shipment is exported from Canada headed to the USA, the pallets must be marked with the proper treatment logo.  However importers can supply a written affidavit that all wood packing materials are made in Canada (and/or the USA), keeping in mind that if USDA finds evidence to the contray your shipment would most likely would be refused entry.  Following are some important documents that you may find useful.

C-TPAT Alert – WPM – July 2014


Wood Packing Material Press Release

Wood Packing Material – FAQ’s

BCTA Bulletin WPM moving between Canada and the US

BCTA Bulletin WPM Identify Potential Pest Infestations

Khapra Beetle Vessel USDA Alert

Below, we provide important links to various USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) web site.  As time goes by we will provide more links to hopefully simplify your life.