Shippers: There is a new requirement for fresh BC cherries entering US markets. The European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) was found in Ontario in 2016. This is the first documented occurrence of this pest in North America. This means that the US will be placing restrictions on the entry of Ontario cherries into the US for 2017.
BC producers will not be affected, except for the following: APHIS requires that all BC-origin cherries entering the U.S. have this exact phrase on the bill of lading: "THE SHIPPER CERTIFIES PRODUCT WAS PRODUCED EXCLUSIVELY IN THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA AND/OR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, USA.” They are using this blanket statement to cover cherries from the US Pacific Northwest as well, and they require that we use the wording supplied, for all fresh cherry exports to anywhere in the US.
The deadline for applications for the program to export cherries to the People's Republic of China has now passed, and the CFIA has sent final registration numbers to participating growers. Sticky trap placement for South Okanagan and Similkameen (RDOS) growers will be on April 25th. For growers in all other areas, including the Central and North Okanagan, and Creston, trap placement will be on May 9.
Growers will need to start monitoring traps and reporting results on the Tuesday following trap placement. For RDOS growers, the first report is due by the end of the day on Tuesday May 2nd. For everyone else, the first report is due by the end of the day on Tuesday May 9th.
Do you need the worksheets for reporting your trap monitoring, or your quarantine pest monitoring? Look for the links at the bottom of the page here: Exporting to PRC