Everything You Need to Know About Importing Plants (and Plant-Products) into Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) is responsible for managing the import of plants and plant-related products to protect Canada’s animal, food, and plant resources from invasive species. Invasive species are non-native animals or plants that are introduced into a local biome and, because they may lack natural predators or other controls, run rampant over a local environment which can cause substantial ecological disaster. As part of this regulatory mandate, Canada issues permits to import these products in accordance with guidelines established under the Plant Protection Act and associated regulations.

Importing Plants and Plant-Products – Apply Online

As of June 1, 2019, importers may now apply online for an import permit for products that are regulated by the Plant Protection Act without submitting a corresponding hard copy. The streamlined online process will save importers time and money as they seek to import plant-products into Canada. All importers should familiarize themselves with the Plant Protection Policy Directives which will ensure that their applications will be quickly processed and approved.

If you are an importer, you may now submit your online applications using your “My CFIA” account. You can also submit an application via e-mail, regular mail or fax.

ARGO Customs Can Help

If you would like to begin selling exports to the Canadian market, ARGO Customs Brokers can help your business grow. With our team of expert import brokers, we can help your business with customs clearance into Canada and succeed.

Contact our team today to learn more about our importing and exporting services and solutions.