Shipping in all non-manufactured wood packaging and loose-wood dunnage from Canada to overseas countries (other than the continental United States) is regulated. This includes wood crating, packaging blocks, drums, cases, load boards, pallet collars, and skids, which can be present in almost any exported consignment.
Wood packaging or loose-wood dunnage produced wholly (100%) from manufactured wood is not regulated. This includes plywood, particle board, oriented strand board, or veneer that was created using glue, heat, or pressure or a combination thereof. Wood packaging material made from sawdust, wood wool, shavings, and raw wood cut into thin pieces (less than 6 mm in thickness) is also not regulated.
As of July 5, 2006, any non-compliant wood packaging materials (excluding shipborne dunnage) entering Canada will be ordered removed from Canada. Additional enforcement measures may be applied to importers or those persons or organizations having custody of non-compliant wood packaging. However, when wood packaging may pose an immediate risk for the entry of a pest, the CFIA or CBSA will order treatment of the non-compliant wood packaging prior to it being ordered removed from Canada.
Note: All costs incurred in the disposition of non-compliant wood packaging are the responsibility of the person or organization having custody of the non-compliant wood packaging materials at the time of entry to Canada (including port or berthing facilities receiving untreated shipborne dunnage).