EU will quickly cease importing cherries, different fruits from Canada: CFIA – Nationwide

The European Union will halt imports of Canadian cherries and different recent fruits beginning Sept. 1 because it enforces new import necessities associated to pests, in response to a Canadian authorities doc despatched to trade on Thursday.

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Within the discover, which was seen by Reuters, the Canadian Meals Inspection Company (CFIA) stated the restrictions additionally apply to households of fruits that embody apples, pears, cranberries, blueberries, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes. It was not clear if different international locations are affected.

“Please notice that the CFIA is working with trade to suggest pest danger mitigation measures to the EU for these commodities, which can permit exports to renew,” stated the discover.

The brand new European Union guidelines don’t apply to frozen and dried fruit. There also needs to be no points with sea containers that arrive within the EU with export paperwork dated earlier than Sept. 1, the company stated.

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The EU workplace in Ottawa and Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Canada’s agriculture sector already faces different commerce disputes, together with an ongoing spat with China over Canadian canola, pork and beef.

Beth Cavers, a program administrator with the B.C. Cherry Affiliation, stated the pending EU ban shouldn’t have an effect on this 12 months’s cherry harvest, which wrapped up on Thursday, because the fruit is packed and shipped instantly.

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It may, nevertheless, have critical implications for the 2020 harvest if unresolved, she added.

“There have been some indications that they have been reviewing this, however we didn’t know they have been simply going to close down the border to cherries like this,” Cavers stated by phone when requested if trade had obtained prior discover.

In 2018, Canada shipped roughly C$three.1 million in cherries to the EU.