IMPORT REQUIRMENTS FOR HONEY BEE QUEENS

FROM THE USA: Prepared by Medhat Nasr

Import Details for Requirement: 42710 Version: 1

HS Description: 010690

01 Live animals
06 Other live animals
90 Other animals
OGD Extension: 210907
2109 Insects and other organisms
07 Honey queen bees
Origin: UCA
United States
California

 

 

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:

o Africanized genetics

o Bee 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 PROTOCOL:

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:

o Mitochondrial (PCR-DNA) testing is done on random samples of worker bees which represent the progeny of the selected breeder queens.

o The testing must be conducted within 180 days prior to export. One worker bee should be collected from each breeder queen.

o Samples may be pooled and run as a single sample if appropriate for the technique.

o If 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.

o The 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:

o Five 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

o Visually inspect at least three brood combs for AFB, EFB. Colonies must be free from visible clinical evidence of AFB or EFB.

o Assess 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.

o The premises must be certified free of visible presence of the small hive beetle (SHB)

SHIPPING QUEENS:

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 
Animal Health and Production - Program Network - West
Telephone: (403) 292-5825       Fax: (403) 292-6629 
Internet: 
orchardk@inspection.gc.ca

Room 654
220 4 AVE SE
CALGARY AB T2G 4X3

Southern Alberta Northern Alberta

Dr. Scott Acker Dr. Ralph Burt

Calgary Regional Director Edmonton regional Office
Telephone: (403) 292-5671 Telephone: (780) 495-3083

Fax: (403) 292-8540  Fax: (780) 495-3359 
Internet: 
ackers@inspection.gc.ca  Internet: burtr@inspection.gc.ca 

Floor 1, Room 102 7000 113 ST
10 COUNTRY HILLS LANDING NW EDMONTON AB T6H 5T6
CALGARY AB T3K 5P3

Dr. Jim Shideler Dr. Rex Coupland

Acting Inspection Manager  District Veterinarian

Brooks Office Grand Prairie
Telephone: (403) 362-2482 Telephone: (780) 831-0337 

Fax: (403) 362-5811  Fax: (780) 539-3467 

Internet: shidelerj@inspection.gc.ca  Internet: couplandr@inspection.gc.ca 

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: nightingalej@inspection.gc.ca Internet: kennedyk@inspection.gc.ca 

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
Fax: (403) 344-3070 Fax: (403) 340-4260

Internet: kelleyp@inspection.gc.ca Internet: abele@inspection.gc.ca

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

Internet: wetaskiwindo@inspection.gc.ca

4909 50 ST

WETASKIWIN AB T9A 1J6