May 2, 2011
Plants with bamboo stakes denied entry to the US
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has raised concerns about the export to the U.S. of any plants containing bamboo stakes from China, as well as a separate matter related to the import of Ficus originating in China.

The CFIA reported that an exporter recently had their load turned back at the U.S. border because they used unsplit bamboo stakes for supporting their plants.

CFIA have requested and are awaiting confirmation of entry requirements from USDA APHIS for Chinese bamboo stakes entering the U.S. directly from Canada or re-exported from the U.S. It appears the U.S. has concerns about fumigation treatments for bamboo carried out in China due to past interceptions of live pests. Therefore, the U.S. may require all bamboo in association with plants to be fumigated upon entry to the U.S. If this is the case, then treated Chinese bamboo coming into Canada with a Chinese phyto would not be allowed entry into the U.S.

CFIA will advise of their response from USDA APHIS as soon as possible. In the meantime, it would be advisable for exporters not to ship bamboo stakes in association with plants to the U.S until this has been resolved. It should be noted that split bamboo stakes in association with plants are approved for entry into the U.S.

Visit the CNLA website for more detail on bamboo stakes and Ficus imports.