Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency’s Visit to Canada Bring Deeper Understanding of HT Program and its Traceability
Korea bans importation of Canadian lumber products of Pinus spp. and Larix spp., unless they are heat treated (HT) or kiln-dried and heat treated (KD-HT). But Korea is one of the countries that accept industry issued HT Certificates in lieu of Phytosanitary Certificates. Recently there have been a few occasions that KD-HT lumber exported to Korea were detained or returned for not complying to the bilateral agreement made in 2012 which stipulates the import requirements.
In order to resolve the issues and to understand and verify HT Program including traceability, 3 officials with the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA or QIA) visited Canada from May 7 to May 11 for 3 days of bilateral meetings with their counterparts with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and managers with Interfor Sales and Marketing Ltd., and visit to Interfor’s Castlegar Division. Another agenda was the revision of the requirements for orchards in Korea that are eligible to export pears to Canada was on the agenda.
Through these meetings and mill visit, the delegation has gained better understanding of HT Program and its traceability, and the APQA and the CFIA have agreed to make amendments to the bilateral agreement so that it can be more in harmony with the CFIA Directive D-13-02. Also it looks like that Canadians can enjoy more Korean pears in the near future.
Chuck Dentelbeck, President & CEO of the CLSAB, has also participated in meetings and the tour of the mill and provided his opinions and transportation for the delegation throughout the first 2 days. Also managers and staffs with the Canadian Mill Services Association, Interfor’s Burnaby office and Castlegar Division provided their valuable time for the delegates. Canada Wood Korea’s staff has provided interpretation service for all the meetings and presentations and the mill tour.