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Initiative Aims to Keep CTU Free of Pests

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North American Initiative Aims to Keep Cargo Transport Units Free of Pests 2017-10-31

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have commenced an initiative to minimize the risk of invasive alien species being introduced into North America in or on shipping containers. To protect North American agriculture, forestry and natural resources against the introduction of invasive pests and diseases, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have worked with U.S. and Canadian border protection agencies and global shipping companies to develop guidance for cleaning and inspecting sea containers. The North American Sea Container Initiative complements the International Maritime Organization’s Code of Practice for Packing Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code).
 
Canada’s Freight Management Association, representing the Global Shippers’ Forum and the U.S. National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), has been participating in this project, working with the U.S. and Canadian regulatory agencies. At this time, the U.S. and Canadian authorities are not proposing formal regulations, but are issuing a bulletin promoting best practices for use by shippers and other supply chain stakeholders. 
 
With this approach, they are promoting and expecting voluntary actions by all stakeholders. 
 
As this initiative is focused on containers arriving in North America, it will be important for importers to ensure that their suppliers in other countries are aware of this initiative and ensure that those suppliers follow the recommended practices to ensure that containers are free of pests before loading on-board ships bound for North America. 
 
It is expected that these recommended practices will be adopted by the relevant UN agencies on a global basis and it is recommended that North American shippers exporting products in containers also begin following the recommended practices.
 

Source: CIFFA

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