The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is updating its imports requirements for certain articles of wood and some articles that contain wooden components. As of September 1, 2021, a “no-permit-required” (NPR) letter will not be available for forestry articles such as: prefabricated buildings, wooden furniture and sculptures and statuettes of wood.
As part of these import updates, it is no longer possible to obtain a “no-permit-required” (NPR) letter. Examples of articles for which NPR letters could have been issued include: prefabricated buildings made of wood, wooden furniture with bark, and sculptures and statuettes of wood exceeding 1.5 cm in thickness or with bark.
Instead, an import permit may be issued for these articles. A case-by-case evaluation is still required to determine if importation may be approved and to establish permit entry conditions and other safeguards.
The Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) will be officially modified September 1, 2021, and references to NPR letters will be removed. However, NPR letters issued in the past will continue to be accepted at the point of import until that date. Importers holding NPR letters should apply for a permit to import if they wish to continue importing after September 1, 2021.
The CFIA AIRS can be consulted here.
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