With a high level of interest and attention
in farm, national and international media regarding glyphosate residues in
crops and processed food products, the Canadian Special Crops Association
(CSCA) Board of Directors would like to ensure that all CSCA members are aware
of the potential market impacts associated with the use of glyphosate on
Canadian pulses and special crops.
National and international
regulatory bodies around the world have established tolerances for glyphosate
residues in a wide range of food crops. With more than 800 scientific
studies and reviews that prove glyphosate is safe for use, glyphosate is one of
the most thoroughly reviewed pesticides by regulatory authorities around the
world. Recent reviews by Health Canada’s
Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), The European Food Safety Authority
(EFSA), The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the United States Environmental
Protection Agency (USEPA), and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary
Medicines Authority have all concluded that glyphosate does not pose a human
health risk. Despite the uncontroverted
evidence that glyphosate is safe, there is increased global scrutiny on the use
of glyphosate. Specifically, pre-harvest use of glyphosate is drawing
Glyphosate is registered for
pre-harvest weed control in Canada.
Glyphosate is not a desiccant, nor is it a tool to speed up crop
maturity or dry down. For several
years, the Canadian pulse industry has been a partner in the Keep it Clean campaign that keeps farmers
informed of the importance of following label directions for all crop
protection products. When applied
according to label recommendations, the pre-harvest use of glyphosate will
result in residues that are well below established tolerances. However, if
glyphosate is not applied according to label directions there may be incidents
of residue levels that can create marketing restrictions for Canadian pulses
and special crops. The Canadian pulse industry will ensure that more is done in
2019 to educate Canadian growers of pulses and special crops of the importance
of following label directions when applying glyphosate for pre-harvest weed
In addition to the increased outreach to
growers regarding this matter, the CSCA reminds its Members to be aware of the
Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for all crop protection products for each crop in
the destinations to which you are exporting.
CSCA Partner organizations offer a wide range
of quality testing services, including testing for residues of crop protection
products. The contacts for CSCA Partners that provide testing services
are noted below:
SGS Canada Inc. 3260 Production Way Burnaby, BC V5A 4W4 Contact: Sunil Sukhtankar Phone: 778-888-4588
CSCA Members can contact Mac Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm a crop and country specific MRL or with any questions on
crop protection products including glyphosate. All CSCA member feedback on this
matter is welcome.
Gordon Bacon CEO, CSCA
Revised Version of the GPC Pulses Contract No. 1 (January 11, 2019)
Dear CSCA Members,
For your information only, please see below email and attachments from GPC:
Dear Pulse Industry Members,
The GPC Contracts Committee has released a new, revised
version of the GPC Pulses Contract No. 1, which is attached hereto in Word and
PDF versions. The new version has one important change. Section
25(e) makes clear that GPC may take disciplinary action against non-members
that default on GAFTA arbitration awards.
25. DISPUTES & ARBITRATION
(e) DEFAULT OF ARBITRATION In the event that any party to
a GAFTA Arbitration (a) neglects or refuses to carry out or abide by an Award
of Arbitration within 21 days of the issue of that Award by GAFTA or (b) fails
to pay any costs, fees or expenses of the Arbitration within 21 days of being
called upon by GAFTA to do so, both parties expressly agree that GAFTA shall
notify GPC in writing of any such default. GPC shall then, at its absolute
discretion, have the right to take disciplinary action against the defaulting
party (whether a member of GPC or not) in accordance with the GPC Code of
Ethics of which both parties acknowledge awareness. Disciplinary action shall
include, but shall not be limited to, suspension from GPC membership or
recommendation of suspension from any GPC affiliates, on such terms and for
such duration as GPC shall determine (including a prohibition on attending any
GPC convention or event and written notification of defaulter to GPC membership
- whether the defaulter is a member of GPC or not).
We strongly encourage all pulse industry members to use this new contract version. Should you have any questions or suggestions regarding GPC Pulses Contract No. 1 please do not hesitate to contact GPC Contracts Committee Chair Andrew Jacobs at email@example.com.
The United Nations has declared February 10 to be World Pulses Day in honour of the contribution pulses make to healthy, sustainable and affordable diets worldwide.
Events and initiatives are being planned around the globe to mark the first annual World Pulses Day. Pulse Canada is encouraging industry partners to help promote World Pulses Day in Canada. Below are some ideas for how to join the celebration. For more inspiration, visit pulses.org
Spread the word on social media
Help promote the benefits of eating pulses on social media using the hashtags #worldpulsesday and #LovePulses. This year's global social media campaign for World Pulses Day will focus on pulses as a sustainable food choice. The global pulse industry will encourage consumers to make half their protein a plant protein in order to promote sustainable diets.
Host a World Pulses
The Global Pulse Confederation is encouraging associations, companies and individuals to plan events celebrating World Pulses Day. Your event could be a corporate lunch, dinner party, lecture, symposium or public event where pulses are on the menu! Don't forget to share photos of your event on social media using the official hashtags, and register your event on pulses.org or email event details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new regulations introduce requirements for companies
involved in the manufacturing, processing,
treating, preserving, grading, packaging or labelling of food for export. While
the some of the new regulations come into force on January 15, 2019, there are
different compliance timelines for different commodities.
Pulses and special crops will not require full regulatory
compliance until July 15, 2020. The only change that has come into force for
exporters of pulses and special crops pertains to exporters who are exporting
to customers that require a Manufacturer’s Declaration Form (CFIA/ACIA 5280).The Manufacturer's Declaration Form has
been phased out as of January 15, 2019. Products previously eligible
to receive the Manufacturer's Declaration Form may now be certified by a
Certificate of Free Sale (issued by CFIA) provided the exporter has a licence and a preventative control plan (PCP).
Companies will not need a license in order to obtain a
phytosanitary certificate from CFIA. CSCA Members requiring a licence and PCP can apply online by signing up
for a MyCFIA account.
After July 15, 2020 SCFR will
require companies to obtain a license if they conduct one or more of the
following activities on the unprocessed food used as grain, oil, pulse, sugar
or beverages for the purpose of export or interprovincial trade:
package and label for the purpose of interprovincial trade or
you package them for sale to consumers.
not need a licence to conduct one or more of the following activities
on unprocessed food used as grain, oil, pulse, sugar or beverages:
cleaning, including screening, rotary, gravity or spiral
polishing, using a processing aid
Pulse Canada will continue to work with CFIA to clarify
the impacts the SFCR will have on all CSCA Members and provide updates
accordingly. Please feel free to reach out with any further questions.
Vancouver Rail Service Investigation (January 18, 2019)
Dear CSCA Members:
The Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) has
initiated an investigation into possible freight rail service issues in the
Vancouver area, specifically related to congestion experienced in late November
and December and the resulting embargos CP placed on some transloaders.
The Agency investigation will “look into whether railways have met their
service obligations in respect of certain shippers or classes of shippers as a
result of measures such as the imposition of permits or embargos, or preferential
treatment of one or more commodities over others.”
The Agency will publish a report summarizing the
initial findings of the investigation by January 23rd and will hold
oral hearings on January 29th and 30th in Vancouver to
gather additional information and hear evidence from individuals or organisations directly involved
in, or affected by, freight rail service issues in the Vancouver area.
The Government of Pakistan notified the Government of
Canada that the Pakistan Department of Plant Protection (DPP) has implemented a
policy to randomly test imported shipments of lentils from all origins for
glyphosate residues. DPP will utilize the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs)
specified by Codex Alimentarius for the purpose of import clearances.
Canadian and Codex MRLs for glyphosate on lentils are as follows:
Canada-US Counter Notification to WTO on India’s Market Price Support for Pulses (February 19, 2019)
Dear CSCA Members,
On February 12, 2019, the United States submitted a
counter notification (attached), co-sponsored by Canada, to the World Trade
Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture (CoA) on India's market price
support for chickpeas, pigeon peas, black matpe, mung beans and lentils. Both
the US and Canadian Governments have identified several areas of concern with
India's reporting of domestic support provided for the 2016-17 marketing year,
including: 1) issues with the quantity of production used in market price support
calculations, 2) exclusion of information on the total value of production for
each category of pulse (information necessary to assess compliance with WTO
commitments), 3) issues with currency conversions, and 4) issues
regarding the prices used in India's calculations.
The WTO CoA will be meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on
February 26 where this counter notification will be discussed. The Government
of Canada noted that Australia will also be co-sponsoring the counter
notification, however, the revised counter notification that includes Australia
has yet to be issued. The attached document is now publicly available on the
A counter notification is not a WTO "challenge"
or "dispute" but rather a part of the normal operation of the CoA.
Article 18.7 of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) states that "Any
Member may bring to the attention of the Committee on Agriculture (CoA) any
measure which it considers ought to have been notified by another
Member." If a Member believes, for example, that another Member has
incorrectly calculated its domestic support, it can submit a "counter
notification" using the methodology in the AoA. The Government of Canada
expects that India will disagree with the calculations made by the US and
Canada regarding India's domestic support on pulses. The Government of Canada
is hopeful that the counter notification forces further discussion with India
at the WTO level regarding the effect that India's domestic policies for pulses
has had on the global pulse market.
Please refer to the attachment for full details on the counter notification.
Glyphosate continues to be the subject of
intense national and international media scrutiny despite uncontroverted
evidence that the product does not pose a risk to human health or to the
environment. The most recent example in Canada is a story that aired March 17
on CBC’s The Weekly with Wendy
Several Canadian export markets including
India and Pakistan have indicated that they will be testing pulse imports for
glyphosate residues. In order to keep export markets open, it is imperative
that both growers and members of the trade are aware of the market risks
associated with improper glyphosate use on pulses and special crops. Glyphosate
is registered in Canada for pre-harvest weed control. Glyphosate is not a
desiccant nor is it a tool to speed up crop maturity or dry-down. Pre-harvest
glyphosate must only be applied to pulse crops when seed moisture content is below
30% in the least mature plants in the field.
To increase awareness among Canadian
producers regarding the market impact of their crop protection decisions, the
Canadian pulse industry is a key partner in Keep it Clean!, a joint initiative of Canola Council of Canada,
Cereals Canada and Pulse Canada. Through Keep it Clean!, the pulse
industry produces an annual Grower
Advisory on market considerations for various pulse crop protection
products including glyphosate. A copy of the 2019 Grower Advisory is appended
to this letter.
CSCA Members can help amplify the efforts
of Keep It Clean! by following the campaign on social media and sharing the 2019 Grower Advisory and other
relevant Keep it Clean! content directly with growers or through your
company’s social media channels and websites. CSCA Members who are interested
in obtaining Keep it Clean! resources such as shareable social media
graphics and press releases can contact Madeleine Goodwin at email@example.com.
In addition to increased grower outreach
through Keep it Clean!, the pulse industry is also working
collaboratively with stakeholders across the value chain to improve the quality
assurance and monitoring system for Canadian pulses and special crops. In order
to ensure that consignments meet the regulatory requirements of export markets,
the CSCA continues to encourage CSCA members to test for glyphosate residue
particularly when farmers have indicated that they have used glyphosate on the
crop and those deliveries will not be mixed with product from other sources.
CSCA Members can contact Mac Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm a crop and a country-specific MRL or with
any questions on crop protection products including glyphosate.
Market Access Updates: Vietnam & China (March 29, 2019)
Dear CSCA Members,
Please find the following updates from the Government of Canada's Market Access Secretariat regarding China and Vietnam:
“China's General Administration of Customs
(GACC) suspended the registration of two Canadian companies and their ability
to export Canadian canola seed to China based on alleged detection of pests of
quarantine concern. Canadian officials are fully engaged with Chinese
counterparts to restore access for the suspended companies as quickly as
possible and to resume predictability of trade in canola seed. Please note that
all shipments of Canadian canola seed continue to be under heightened
inspection and quarantine as per a notice published by GACC on March 7, 2019.
The current actions taken by GACC are limited
to canola seed, and while there have been media reports on trade disruptions
covering a broad range of Canadian agricultural products to China, we have
not received any indication to that effect. We continue to encourage Canadian companies to
continue to report to us any changes to commercial activities of an unusual
nature. We are committed to informing the industry of any changes in China's
customs procedures and export approvals, should we learn of any new
DISCLAIMER: The current trade situation remains
fluid and subject to sudden change. It is the responsibility of individual
companies to make informed business decisions at the time of export.”
“On March 21, 2019, Vietnam's Plant
Protection Department (PPD) notified the Canadian government of non-compliance
(NNC) in Canadian wheat and soybean consignments to Vietnam due to the presence
of creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense). Despite Vietnam's intent to
implement more restrictive import measures on crops testing positive for
creeping thistle beginning January 1, 2019, Vietnamese authorities allowed
entry of the Canadian shipments under close supervision.
The Government of Canada has been informed that
future detections could still lead to rejections and potential trade suspension
on Canadian crops, should the level of detections not improve. The Canadian
Food Inspection Agency will notify individual exporters affected by these
notices of non-compliance.
The Government of Canada would like to remind
exporters of the importance of preparing export shipments of cereals, pulses
and soybeans that comply with Vietnam's phytosanitary import regulations.”
members are asked to inform Pulse Canada of any market access-related
challenges experienced with export to either China or Vietnam.
Updates will continue to be provided to CSCA members as
these matters evolve.
Update: India Quantitative Import Restrictions on Peas (March 31, 2019)
Dear CSCA Members,
On March 29 2019, the Government of India issued a
notification (attached) indicating a revised policy condition to the existing quantitative
restrictions applying to the import of various pulses into India. The
revised policy condition for peas (HS Code: 0713 1000 - yellow, green, dun and
kaspa peas) allows for the import of 150,000 metric tonnes (1.5 Lakh MT) of
peas into India during the period of April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
The revised policy condition allows for the
aforementioned quantity of peas to be allowed import into India “against
license as per the procedure to be notified by Directorate General of Foreign
Trade”. Pulse Canada is currently working with the Government of Canada to
identify details of the import procedure required for peas to be allowed entry
into India under this recently revised policy condition. All updates on this
matter will be provided to CSCA members.
Chronology of India’s quantitative import restrictions on
April 25, 2018: The Government of India first imposed quantitative restrictions on the import of peas (HS Code: 0713 1000 - green, yellow, dun and kaspa peas). The policy restricted the import of peas into India to 100,000 metric tonnes during the period of April 1 to June 30, 2018.
July 2, 2018: The Government of India extended the 100,000 tonne Quantitative Restriction on peas to September 30, 2018.
September 28, 2018: The Government of India extended the 100,000 tonne Quantitative Restriction on peas until December 31, 2018.
December 28, 2018: The Government of India extended the 100,000 tonne Quantitative Restriction on peas until March 31, 2019.
Please see the attached email from the Government of
Canada’s Market Access Secretariat (MAS) regarding the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Produce
Safety Rule enforcement discretion for certain commodities, including pulses.
Pulse Canada is working with MAS to identify the effects, if any, that the FDA’s Product Safety Rule will have on the business of CSCA Members. Updates will be provided to CSCA when received.
Dear industry stakeholders,
In the last few weeks the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released guidance and documents that
may be of interest to Canadian stakeholders.
Produce Safety Rule Enforcement Discretion for Certain Commodities
On March 28, 2019, the FDA
announced that it intends to exercise enforcement discretion for the
requirements of the Produce Safety Rule as they apply to entities growing,
harvesting, packing, and holding wine grapes, hops, pulse crops, and almonds.
The Produce Safety Rule
establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting,
packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables for human consumption. The rule
does not apply to produce that is considered to be rarely consumed raw (RCR) as
determined by the FDA, grown for personal or on-farm consumption, some produce
undergoing commercial processing, or not a raw agricultural commodity.
After the Produce Safety Rule was finalized, FDA received feedback from
stakeholders that wine grapes, hops, pulses, and almonds should be exempt.
After conducting an initial review of the production and use of these
commodities, FDA has decided to exercise enforcement discretion with respect to
the Produce Safety Rule for entities growing, harvesting, packing, or holding
these commodities, while they consider pursuing rulemaking to address the unique
circumstances they each present.
FDA will continue to
enforce the statutory prohibition against introduction or delivery for
introduction of adulterated food into interstate commerce.
The guidance document for
industry on the enforcement policy for these produce is available here.
On March 27, 2019, the FDA
announced that it intends to propose that "cross-linked phosphorylated
RS4" , regardless of sources, be added to the definition of dietary fibre.
The FDA established a definition for dietary fibre in its Nutrition Facts label
final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016. Based
on available evidence, FDA has determined that the scientific evidence suggests
that cross-linked phosphorylated RS4 can help reduce insulin levels following a
meal containing a carbohydrate that raises blood glucose levels.
16 categories of
non-digestible carbohydrates (e.g. mixed plant cell wall fibres, a broad
category) are either included in the definition of dietary fibre or are
non-digestible carbohydrates that FDA intends to propose to be added to the
definition of dietary fibre. Seven of these fibres were identified in the
Nutrition Facts label final rule as meeting the dietary fibre definition. Until
FDA completes rulemaking regarding adding additional fibres to the regulatory
definition of dietary fibre, the agency intends to exercise enforcement
discretion to allow manufacturers to include the amount of these additional
fibres in the dietary fibre declaration on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts
More information on Dietary
Fibre including the list of the 16 non-digestible carbohydrates and the petition
response to the citizen petition that prompted this review is available here and here.
Certification Bodies Under the FDA's Third-Party Certification Program
On March 20, 2019, the FDA
announced that SGS North America Inc. of Rutherford, NJ, and NSF
Certification LCC of Ann Arbor, MI, have become certification bodies (CB)
accredited under FDA's Accredited Third-party Certification Program. SGS has
been accredited for the following program scopes (Preventive Controls for Human
Food; Juice HACCP, and Seafood HACCP) while NSF has been accredited for
(Preventive Controls for Human Food; Juice HACCP, Seafood HACCP, and Produce
This accreditation means
that SGS North America Inc. and NSF Certification LLC have been given the
authority to conduct food safety audits and issue food and facility
certifications for their relevant program scopes.
Extending Compliance Dates for Agricultural Water Provisions
On March 15, 2019, the FDA
issued a rule to finalize the new compliance dates for the
agricultural water requirements in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Produce Safety Rule
Larger farms are now
required to comply with the agricultural water requirements by January 26,
2022, while small farms have until January 26, 2023, and very small farms until
January 26, 2024. This rule does not change the compliance dates for sprout
While this rule extends the
compliance dates for the agricultural water provisions, produce remains subject
to the other provisions of the Produce Safety Rule and the adulteration
provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).
Please let us know if you
have any questions,
Market Access Secretariat
South Korea Market Access Update (April 11, 2019)
to previous emails regarding this matter, CSCA members are reminded that South
Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) implemented a Positive List
System (PLS) for Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) on January 1, 2019 and CODEX
MRLs for pesticide residues are no longer applied to commodities imported by
January 1, 2019, a default limit of 0.01 parts per million (ppm) will be
applied to commodity/pesticide combinations that do not have a MRL published on
South Korea’s PLS.
All commodities imported by South Korea are now subject to the PLS and
consignments may be rejected if pesticide levels are detected above 0.01 ppm
for commodities without an established MRL for specific pesticides.
important for CSCA members to be aware of South Korea's PLS enforcement to
prevent any trade disruptions. MFDS recently released an information packet
(attached) containing information regarding the PLS. All CSCA members exporting
to South Korea are encouraged to consult the following link to review the MRLs
currently published for various commodity/pesticide combinations on South
Korea's PLS: https://www.foodsafetykorea.go.kr/foodcode/02_01_02.jsp. In addition, CSCA members
exporting to South Korea should verify the MRLs of concerns with their
respective South Korean importers.
Canada continues to work with the Government of Canada and registrants of
pesticides used in Canada to identify specific pesticide/commodity combinations
that may be at risk of non-compliance with the PLS, and in certain cases, to
establish a MRL in South Korea via the MFDS submission process.
If CSCA members have any questions, including the pesticide/commodity combinations that may be at risk of non-compliance with South Korea’s PLS, please contact Greg Bartley at email@example.com.
The attached notification outlining the application process
required for importers in India to access the 150,000 MT quantity of peas
(allowed entry over April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) was published today by the
Government of India and is also available at https://www.dgft.gov.in/policies/trade-notices
previous email updates regarding this matter (attached below), CFIA has
recently received an additional notice of non-compliance from Vietnam for the
detection of creeping thistle in a shipment of wheat. CFIA tested a sample from
this shipment during the phyto certification process and found no detection of
creeping thistle. Vietnam’s Plant Protection Department (PPD) has indicated
that if they find one more detection of creeping thistle in a Canadian shipment
of grain, PPD will suspend all imports of Canadian grain that have the
potential to carry creeping thistle (including pulses).
Government of Canada would like to remind exporters of the importance of
preparing export shipments of all commodities (including pulses and special
crops) that comply with Vietnam's phytosanitary import regulations.
Pulse Canada will continue to provide updates on this matter
as it evolves.
China Update (April 18, 2019)
Dear CSCA Members,
Pulse Canada has received reports from CSCA members of
elevated inspection efforts by Chinese officials on shipments of Canadian peas
upon arrival in China. The Government of Canada continues to engage with
Chinese technical officials regarding this matter. The Government of Canada has
not received any official indication from China that the heightened inspection
and quarantine measures currently faced by Canadian shipments of canola have
been extended to shipments of any other Canadian commodities.
That being said, the current trade situation with China
remains fluid and subject to sudden change. Pulse Canada encourages all CSCA
members to continue to report to Pulse Canada any changes to commercial
activities of an unusual nature.
Please find the following email and attached documents regarding Saudi Arabia's recent WTO notification concerning traffic light nutrition labelling for food products. Pulse Canada will be working with the Government of Canada to identify timelines and further details regarding these new labelling requirements in Saudi Arabia and will update CSCA members accordingly.
WTO Notification – Turkish Food Codex Regulation on Food Labelling and Information to Consumers (May 15, 2019)
Dear CSCA members,
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry/General Directorate of Food and Control
has notified the WTO of Turkish Food Codex Regulations on Food Labelling and
Information to Customers (attached). According to the attached document, this
regulation sets out general principles, needs and responsibilities governing
food information to consumers and in particular food labelling.
Pulse Canada will work to identify the impact these regulations may have, if any, on current Canada/Turkey trade. Attached is the original draft regulations in Turkish. Pulse Canada has requested an English and French translation from the Government of Canada and will provide this translated document to CSCA members when received.
Korea Market Access Update – Notification of Agriculture Safeguard on Canadian Adzuki Beans (May 17, 2019)
Dear CSCA Members,
and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Canadian Embassy in Seoul have been
monitoring the Agriculture Safeguard Measures for Canadian Adzuki Beans
under the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA).
The below data table (Figure 1.1) shows that as of April 25,
2019, the imports of Adzuki Beans (red beans) (HS 0713.32.90.00) from
Canada to South Korea was at utilisation rate of 99.96% under the Main
Safeguard Trigger Level of 476 MT for Year 5 (2019) within the CKFTA. This
means that Canada is very
close to exceeding the Main Safeguard Trigger Level.
Please be advised that any quantities above the Main Safeguard Trigger
Level will be subject to a 376% import duty for the
remainder of 2019.
1-4 of the CKFTA, all quantities imported at or below an Intermediate Safeguard
Trigger Level entered duty-free on a first-come, first-served basis, and all
quantities entered above the Intermediate Safeguard Trigger Level and at or
below the Main Safeguard Trigger Level entered at the Intermediate Safeguard
Duty (which in 2018 (year 4 of CKFTA) was 15%).
In year 5
(2019) of the CKFTA, there is no more Intermediate Safeguard Trigger Level. All
quantities imported at or below the Main Safeguard Trigger Level (476 MT)
enters duty-free on a first-come, first-served basis and all quantities entered
above the Main Safeguard Trigger Level (476 MT in 2019) shall enter at the Main
Safeguard Duty (376% in 2019).
Safeguard Trigger Level increases year over year until year 16 of the CKFTA
(2030), after which there is no limit. The Main Safeguard Duty decreases year
over year until year 16 of the CKFTA (2030), after which there is no duty.
On May 16, 2019 the CFIA received a notification from the
Government of Vietnam stating that Vietnam Plant Protection Department (PPD)
has recommended that Vietnam suspend the import of all shipments Canadian
grains and oilseeds (including pulses) that have the potential to contain
creeping thistle (Cirsium
arvense). This recommendation comes after Vietnam PPD identified the
presence of creeping thistle in 9 more container shipments (including 1
shipment of peas). The 9 detections are in addition to previous notices of
non-compliance that have been issued by Vietnam PPD for detection of creeping
thistle in Canadian shipments.
Vietnam PPD has communicated that an official notification
of suspension on the import of all Canadian grains and oilseeds could be issued
to Canada as soon as June 1, 2019, upon which a 60-day grace/transition period
would be implemented for shipments in transit from Canada to Vietnam.
CFIA continues to work with Vietnam PPD to find a technical
resolution to this matter prior to Vietnam’s implementation of an import
suspension on all Canadian grains and oilseeds. As you will recall (included in
below email), CFIA recently implemented additional phytosanitary certification
measures for exports to Vietnam in order to prevent further creeping thistle
detections and is hopeful that these measures will aid in preventing an import
This situation remains fluid and subject to change. CSCA members
with exports intended for Vietnam are encouraged to reach out to Pulse Canada
for the latest information regarding Vietnam market access.
India Phyto Concerns (May 23, 2019)
Dear CSCA members,
Due to concerns by India Directorate of Plant Protection
(DPP) over the legitimacy of recent phytosanitary certificates (phytos)
provided to India for shipments of Canadian lentils, India DPP has recently
requested that CFIA verify the authenticity of several phytos.
India has noted that concerns over phyto legitimacy are
raised when the date on the phyto is after the bill of lading date. Due
to this being a common occurrence in Canada, many countries have raised this
concern in the past. Generally, CFIA will just backdate the phyto when asked by
the exporter in order to assuage any concerns in the export market.
In this case India has stated that when a phyto is dated
after the bill of lading date, India classifies it as a non-compliance. In
order to comply, India has asked that CFIA provide the date of sample
inspection on the phyto if the phyto is dated after the bill of lading date. Therefore, Regina CFIA (which
issues all the phytos in Western Canada) has been advised and given the
following directions to staff for issuing phytos for India:
ON THE PHYTO CANNOT BE AFTER THE BILL OF LADING DATE UNLESS THE INSPECTION DATE
IS INCLUDED AS AN ADDITIONAL DECLARATION ON THE PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATE.”
CFIA will be implementing this change immediately and appending an
additional declaration to the phyto that outlines the sample inspection date on
any phytos that will be dated after the bill of lading.
CFIA may not know the bill of lading date and may now request this
information from the exporter. CSCA members should contact Pulse Canada or CFIA
Regina for additional clarification on implementation of these measures.
labour dispute between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association
(BCMEA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union – Canada (ILWU –
Canada) has resulted in a BCMEA issuing a lockout notice to all longshore
employees covered by the expired BCMEA / ILWU – Canada collective agreement
effective 0800, Thursday May 30, 2019. The lockout does not include
employees required to service vessels at licensed grain terminals and transfer
elevators but will impact the majority of other bulk and container terminals in
Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
issued this notice in partial response to ILWU taking job action at GCT
Deltaport and GCT Vanterm on Monday, May 27 that saw workers refuse overtime
and has resulted in disruption at these terminals.
between BCMEA and ILWU are set to resume today at 0700 PDT with the assistance
of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).
releases from the BCMEA and ILWU are attached.
Canada will be contacting Federal Ministers today to make them aware of the
impact these labour issues have on Canadian exporters and requesting them to
ensure a quick resolution of this labour dispute.
ILWU continue to engage in talks to resolve the labour dispute in Vancouver and
Prince Rupert this morning. However the lockout notice issued by BCMEA
that would stop longshore employees from servicing the majority of non-grain
bulk terminals and container terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert is still
in place and will take effect today, May 30 at 0800 PDT.
Even if the
lockout notice is rescinded, there will continue to be delays in Vancouver and
Prince Rupert to move cargo as the terminals recover from the ILWU work to rule
recently updated their embargos on shipments to locations in Vancouver (see
latest bulleting below) and invited both CN and SRY to participate. CP is
allowing shippers to apply for permits either through contacting their service
representative or the permit officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada/CSCA continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates.