The BCCA works with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the BC Ministry of Agriculture to administer export programs. We also act as the industry body when negotiating market access for new cherry export deals.
BC is on Canada's west coast. The cherry growing regions of BC include 3 valleys with
warm, dry climates: Okanagan, Similkameen, and Creston. The majority of the varieties
grown here were bred in Summerland, BC. Some popular Summerland varieties include
Lapins, Sweetheart, Skeena, Staccato™, and Sentennial™.
All cherries are harvested by hand. They are cooled, sorted, and packed at locally owned
and operated packing houses that meet stringent regulatory and certification standards.
Cherries are shipped domestically and exported internationally. The Port of Vancouver
and the Vancouver International Airport are just a few short hours away. Fruit also goes
by air from Calgary and Edmonton, and by sea from Montreal.
Canada has trade agreements with many countries, however we don't have market access to
all of these nations. We are currently working with the Canadian Government towards
exports to South Korea and Japan. In 2014 we formalized an agreement to allow exports to
the People's Republic of China. All destination countries have different import
regulations; these can be discussed with your sales agent.