Exporting Cherries to China

2018 PRC Monitoring Program

The 2018 information package for the program to export BC Cherries to People’s Republic of China will be available by March 13. It will be emailed to everyone who took part in 2017. If you did not export cherries to China in 2017 and would like to receive a copy of the application form, please send an email directly to admin@bccherry.com to be placed on the email list.

This year's application must be submitted directly to the CFIA, with a duplicate copy of the application and payment information forwarded to the BC Cherry Association. The deadline for the application and full payment to be received is Thursday March 29, 2018. (BC Tree Fruits Growers' deadline is two days earlier on Tuesday March 27, 2018.)

Any grower interested in taking part in this program must attend the one of the 4 mandatory CFIA training sessions that will be held at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland Research and Development Centre (formerly known as AAFC- PARC), at 4200 Highway #97 South, Summerland, BC on April 10th and April 11th, 2018 from 9-11 AM or 1-3 PM on each of these days. Growers will be required to take their assigned traps and lures with them when they leave the meeting.

An additional BCCA-run mandatory meeting will be held in April for independent growers who have submitted applications to take part in this program. The date and time are yet to be determined.

For questions related to registration costs and payment, please contact the BC Cherry Association: admin@bccherry.com

For questions related to the technical program (Orchard and packing facilities), please contact Martine Korban, CFIA Regional Program Officer, martine.korban@inspection.gc.ca  or at 250-470-7224.

*Update: the following documents were released on March 12:

  1. 2018 CFIA Export of Fresh BC Cherries to the People's Republic of China - Program Description
  2. 2018 Compliance Agreement for Cherry Growers for Export to China
  3. 2018 Compliance Agreement for Cherry Packing Facilities for Export to China
  4. 2018 Rhagoletis Trap Monitoring Worksheet - South Okanagan/Similkameen
  5. 2018 Rhagoletis Trap Monitoring Worksheet - Central and North Okanagan, Creston
  6. BC Cherries to PRC - Quarantine Pest Monitoring Records
  7. BCCA Payment Information