Canada-US agree on cross-border animal transport protocol

The new protocol will apply under emergency situations
calendar icon 11 March 2022
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Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of Canada, Mary Jane Ireland and United States CVO, Dr. Rosemary Sifford, issued a joint statement yesterday regarding new protocol to guide the cross-border transit of animals in emergency situations.

"We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), have officially agreed to implement an Emergency Transit Policy for Regulated Animals," the statement said.

The policy makes it easier and faster to evacuate regulated animals, such as livestock, birds, pets and companion animals, across the border during emergencies such as flooding, forest fires, extreme weather conditions or disasters, or when routine transportation routes are impaired without feasible alternatives. Animals transiting through the other country during an emergency will be instructed when and where they will have to re-enter their country of origin.

Under the joint policy, the country declaring an emergency will inspect animals, apply official seals to transport conveyances, and issue a simplified export health certificate either at the port(s) of exit by an official veterinarian or at the premises of origin by an accredited veterinarian or official veterinarian.

This joint policy exemplifies Canada and the United States' commitment to protect their animal population and it also shows the continued cooperation in supporting producers in both countries.

The policy was developed by the CFIA and USDA under the umbrella of the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) which is intended, amongst others, to maintain and enhance the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment.

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