Commercial importations of food, plant and animal products are subject to the same reporting, accounting and release procedures as importations of other commodities. However, they are often subject to specific import requirements, such as permits, licences and supporting documents, because of the risks of bringing invasive alien species into Canada and the threats to global biodiversity from the trade of endangered species.
Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)
AIRS is a user-friendly, searchable Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) database of import requirements for specific commodities.
Import requirements relating to solid wood (excluding manufactured wood and paper products) used in the packaging, supporting, protecting, bracing or carrying of a commodity, including dunnage.
Commercial contact information
For more information, consult the following resources:
|Type of information||Group||Contact|
|Import requirements||Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)||http://airs-sari.inspection.gc.ca/Airs_External/Default.aspx|
|Other commercial inquiries||CFIA Import Service Centre||In Canada and the United States call toll-free:
Local calls and all other countries:
|Endangered species/ Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) requirements||CITES (Environment Canada)||1-800-668-6767
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