2018 China Export Program documents are now available for growers and packing facilities wishing to export their cherries to the PRC this year. If you need the forms and didn't receive them by email already, please email email@example.com to request them. The deadline for getting applications in and payment completed is Thursday March 29, 2018, but it's a good idea to get your forms in as early as possible in case there are any corrections needed. One change to note for 2018 is that applications are to be emailed (or mailed) directly to the CFIA, with a duplicate application sent separately to the BC Cherry Association, along with the payment page. For more information, please contact the CFIA, or email the BCCA at the address above.
Our BCCA Annual General Meeting is coming up on February 22nd, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center at 2170 Harvey Avenue (Hwy 97) in Kelowna. Registration check-in will start at 08:30, with the business meeting beginning at 09:00, followed by some great speakers, and an afternoon reception. Please make plans to attend, to hear all the exciting news in the BC cherry industry! The final agenda will be posted here on January 25th.
Don't forget to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know if you'll be having lunch and/or staying for the reception, so we can make sure there's food for you! A fabulous Greek buffet lunch will be complimentary for BCCA members and sponsors, whose memberships are paid in full at the time of the meeting, and will be $30 for all other attendees, payable in advance or at the door. The reception will also be complimentary for members and sponsors, and will cost a nominal $20 for nonmembers.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Membership renewals are past due! If you haven't renewed your BCCA membership for the 2017/18 year and would like to take advantage of all it has to offer, please fill out the form from the Membership section of the website and send it in to email@example.com.
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