IMPORT REQUIRMENTS FOR HONEY BEE QUEENS
FROM THE USA: Prepared by Medhat Nasr
The following documents/registrations are required:
Import Permits (CFIA & Alberta Agriculture)
Zoosanitary Export Certificate
Invoice or waybill
For Alberta beekeepers, provincial import permit will be issued as soon as CFIA permit faxed to the Provincial Apiculturist
INSTRUCTION FOR PREPARATION OF DOCUMENTATION:
1. IMPORT PERMITS
Import Permits issued by the importing country and the importing province.
please contact local CFIA office to apply for an import permit BEFORE the queen(s) are imported.
It is suggested to get a multiple entry permit that would allow you to import several shipments through the season with the same paper work.
Fax a copy of the CFIA permit to:
Dr. Medhat Nasr (Fax number 780-422-6096),
Please, make sure that you send your fax number to fax back Alberta Permit
2. EXPORT CERTIFICATE
Export Certificate issued by the export country. Must contain all statements and information as required by the Import Permit.
Cleary describe the imported animal (Honey Bee Queens with attendants in 3-hole cages)
Country of Origin: USA-California
The queens originated from apiary certified free from Africanized genetics and Africanized bees have not, in the past year, been detected within 100 miles of which the queens originated.
The queens originated from apiary certified free from bee diseases as follows:
oBee diseases as follows:
§No visible clinical evidence of American Foulbrood (AFB) and European foulbrood
§Varroa is not detected or is under 1% (1mite per 100 bees tested)
§No visible evidence of the small hive beetle
Canady in queen cages does not contain honey
Inspection is done by an inspector of the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS); or, by an inspector designated for such purposes by APHIS and endorsed by an official APHIS inspector.
Africanized Genes Inspection Requirements:
For details about this testing, Please contact Dr. Eric Mussen (530-752-0472).
The apiary where queens originated would be considered free of genes of the sub-Saharan type of
the Africanized honey bee, Apis mellifera scutellata. Based on the following:
Africanized honey bees have not, in the past year, been detected within 100 miles of the apiaries from which the queens originate based on current maps and surveillance programs for Africanized bees. A certificate from an authority of the State Department of Agriculture must accompany the shipment.
Mitochondrial Polymerase Chain Reaction-DNA (PCR_DNA) test results must not show signs of A. m. scutellata in the progeny of the breeding queens. For testing follow these steps:
oMitochondrial (PCR-DNA) testing is done on random samples of worker bees which represent the progeny of the selected breeder queens.
oThe testing must be conducted within 180 days prior to export. One worker bee should be collected from each breeder queen.
oSamples may be pooled and run as a single sample if appropriate for the technique.
oIf the test indicates the presence of A. m. scutellata, whether from a single bee or from pooled bees, that queen producer will not be given certification to export queens.
oThe testing must be carried out by an accredited or state laboratory.
Field Inspection for Honey Bee Diseases Requirements:
The queen production and mating apiaries which queens will be exported from would be
inspected within 45 days of the exporting date according to the following protocol:
oFive percent of the colonies or a minimum of 25 bee colonies (whichever is greater) must be randomly selected and examined from each of the queen production and mating apiaries
oVisually inspect at least three brood combs for AFB, EFB. Colonies must be free from visible clinical evidence of AFB or EFB.
oAssess the same colonies by alcohol washing of bee samples (200-300 bees/colony). The sample of bees must be placed in a basket, immersed in a solution of alcohol and the basket should be shaken for a period of at least 2 minutes. If varroa is not detected or is under 1% (1mite per 100 bees tested), queen shipments will be allowed.
oThe premises must be certified free of visible presence of the small hive beetle (SHB)
Queen exporter should hand pick all queens and escorts and place them in 3-hole cages. Packing of the cages into containers for export should be done in an enclosed indoor area which is not accessible to the small hive beetle. Queen candy in shipping cages must not contain honey, or, if honey is used, the honey must have been irradiated to an approved level.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS: Upon arrival at the first port of entry, the animals will be subject to inspection by an inspector of the CFIA and if found acceptable, will be eligible for entry into Canada.
CFIA District Offices in Western Canada and Alberta Agriculture
Dr. Ken Orchard
Veterinary Program Officer
Telephone: (403) 292-5825 Fax: (403) 292-6629
Southern Alberta Northern Alberta
Dr. Scott Acker Dr. Ralph Burt
Calgary Regional Director Edmonton regional Office
Fax: (403) 292-8540 Fax: (780) 495-3359
Floor 1, Room 102 7000 113 ST
Dr. Jim Shideler Dr. Rex Coupland
Acting Inspection Manager District Veterinarian
Brooks Office Grand Prairie
Fax: (403) 362-5811 Fax: (780) 539-3467
Internet:firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: email@example.com
312 CASSILS RD W 10135 100 AVE
PO BOX 1329 P.O. BOX 30
BROOKS AB T1R 1C2 GRANDE PRAIRIE AB T8V 0V4
Dr. John Nightingale Dr. Ken Kennedy
Lethbridge Office – Animal Programs Vermilion District Office
Telephone: (403) 382-3120 Telephone: (780) 853-5637
Fax: (403) 382-3148 Fax: (780) 853-2951
Internet:firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: email@example.com
3605 14 AVE N Floor 2, Room 29
LETHBRIDGE AB T1H 6P7 4701 52 ST
VERMILION AB T9X 1J9
Dr. Peter R Kelley Dr. Eway Abel
Coutts Office – Animal Programs Red Deer District Office
Telephone: (403) 344-3808 Telephone: (403) 340-4204
Internet:firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: email@example.com
CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION BLDG 6503 67ST
PO BOX 130 RED DEER AB T4P 1A3
COUTTS AB T0K 0N0
Dr. David Jordens
Wetaskiwin District Office
Telephone: (780) 352-3955
Fax: (780) 352-1647
4909 50 ST
WETASKIWIN AB T9A 1J6