When importing goods containing wooden components, such as tableware, wooden furniture, decorative wood pieces, etc… certain information is needed to determine the necessary import documents required by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). 

The following information is needed for wooden components to determine the requirements to ensure admissibility under the CFIA:

  • Is it greater than, less than or equal to 1.5 cm thick?
  • Does the item contain bark?
  • Is the product made with “processed” or “unprocessed” wood?

Most of the time, wooden articles that are less than 1.5 cm thick and not containing bark will likely be approved for import with no additional document requirements.

Depending on the origin, wooden articles that are greater than 1.5 cm thick or containing bark, or is under 9400.60: wooden furniture regardless of thickness or process, could require documents such as:

  • Plant Protection Import Permit
  • Phytosanitary Certificate
  • Phytosanitary Certificate for Re-export

If the required information is not provided, affected importers will be contacted before the shipment can be processed. This can potentially result in delays in customs clearance and additional costs. Please ensure these admissibility requirements are known and met before purchasing or shipping these items.

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