Import Alert: HPAI Restrictions on Avian Commodities Originating from or Transiting Zones in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan, Canada 

Issuance Date:           May 12, 2022      

Effective date:           

February 3, 2022—Nova Scotia Zone 1 

February 11, 2022—Nova Scotia Zone 2 

March 26, 2022—PCZ-01 in Ontario 

March 28, 2022—PCZ-02 in Ontario 

March 31, 2022—PCZ-03 in Ontario 

April 2, 2022—PCZ-04 in Ontario 

April 4, 2022—PCZ-05 in Ontario 

April 5, 2022—PCZ-07 in Ontario 

April 7, 2022—PCZ-06 in Ontario

PCZ-11 in Alberta 

April 8, 2022—PCZ-08 and PCZ-10 in Ontario

April 10, 2022—PCZ-09 in Ontario 

PCZ-25 in Alberta

April 11, 2022—PCZ-13 through PCZ-17 in Alberta 

April 12, 2022—PCZ-19 in Alberta 

April 13, 2022—PCZ-12 in Ontario

April 14, 2022—PCZ-18 in Quebec

PCZ-20 in Alberta 

April 16, 2022—PCZ-30A in Saskatchewan

April 28, 2022—PCZ-28 in Quebec

April 19, 2022—PCZ-26 and PCZ-27 in Alberta

April 20, 2022—PCZ-31 in Alberta

April 21, 2022—PCZ-21, PCZ-23, and PCZ-32 in Quebec

PCZ-22 in Ontario 

April 22, 2022—PCZ-34 and PCZ-37 in Alberta 

PCZ-33 in Ontario

PCZ-36 in Saskatchewan 

April 23, 2022—PCZ-35 in Manitoba

April 24, 2022—PCZ-24 in British Columbia

PCZ-40 in Saskatchewan

April 25, 2022—PCZ-42 in New Brunswick

April 26, 2022—PCZ-29 in Saskatchewan

PCZ-41 in Ontario

April 27, 2022—PCZ-39 in Alberta

Effective on the dates listed above (in bold) and until further notice, and as previously announced (non-bold), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) is restricting the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products originating from or transiting 2 zones in (Nova Scotia Zone 1 and Nova Scotia Zone 2), 5 zones in Quebec (PCZ-18, PCZ-21, PCZ-23, PCZ-28 and PCZ-32), 4 zones in Saskatchewan (PCZ-29, PCZ-30A, PCZ-36, and PCZ-40), 15 zones in Alberta (PCZ-11, PCZ-13 through PCZ-17, PCZ-19, PCZ-20, PCZ-25 through PCZ-27, PCZ-31, PCZ-34, PCZ-37, and PCZ-39), 14 zones in Ontario (PCZ-1 through PCZ-10, PCZ-12, PCZ-22, PCZ-33, and PCZ-41), 1 zone in British Columbia (PCZ-24), 1 zone in Manitoba (PCZ-35), and 1 zone in New Brunswick (PCZ-42). Any of these commodities that originate from or transit through a restricted zone are prohibited, based on the diagnosis of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in domestic birds.

Maps of the Nova Scotia zones are posted on the APHIS website. Maps of the Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan zones are available on the CFIA Avian Influenza Zones website.

Also previously announced, effective December 19, 2021, APHIS requires a health certificate from the CFIA and an import permit for pet and zoo birds, as well as columbiformes, such as pigeons and doves, imported from Canada. 

Pet birds, zoo birds, and columbiformes originating from or transiting through a restricted zone must fly directly to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, or Miami International Airport in Florida to undergo a 30-day federal quarantine that includes mandatory testing.

Under these restrictions, processed avian products and byproducts originating from or transiting through a restricted zone, imported as cargo, must be accompanied by an APHIS import permit and/or government certification confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements. 

Fresh, unprocessed shell/table eggs and other egg products, void of the shell (i.e., liquid eggs, dried egg whites) originating from or transiting through a restricted zone, imported as cargo, are prohibited unless they are consigned from the port of arrival directly to an APHIS-approved breaking and pasteurization facility. An import permit and/or certificate is/are not required for these shipments when consigned to an APHIS-approved establishment. 

Processed avian products and byproducts, including egg/egg products, for personal use originating from or transiting through a restricted zone and entering in passenger baggage must: 

  • have a thoroughly cooked appearance;
  • be shelf-stable as a result of APHIS-approved packaging and cooking (i.e., packaged in hermetically sealed containers and cooked by a commercial method after such packing to produce articles that are shelf-stable without refrigeration); or
  • be accompanied by an APHIS import permit and/or government certification confirming that the products/byproducts were treated according to APHIS requirements.

Unprocessed avian products and byproducts originating from or transiting through a restricted zone will not be permitted to enter the United States. This includes hunter-harvested meat. Non-fully finished avian hunting trophies must be consigned to an APHIS-approved taxidermy establishment. 

These restrictions will be updated as additional epidemiological information is obtained. Current information can be found on the APHIS website.