Mexico’sU.S.borderStates,Chile,andNewZealandmustbedebarkedandheat
treated(versusdebarkedandfumigatedinthecasesofChileandNewZealand).
Tropicalhardwoodlogsmustbeeitherdebarkedorfumigated.Temperatehardwoods
mustbeeitherfumigatedordebarkedandthenheattreated.Logandlumberimports
fromeasternRussia(andotherplacesnorthoftheTropicofCancerandeastoflongi-
tude60oE.)mustbedebarkedandheattreated.
InMarch1997,afterabout500importpermitshadbeenissued,aU.S.DistrictCourt
inSanFranciscoplacedaninjunctiononissuanceofnewpermits.Thedecisionap-
pliedtotemperatehardwoodandsoftwoodlogsandlumber,includingkiln-driedsawn
items.Newpermitsfortropicalwoodswerenotimpededbythedecision,andneither
wereexistingpermitsforotherwoods,althoughrevisionsinthelatterarenotallowed.
Thebasisforthedecisionwasenvironmentalconcerns.APHISbeganarevisionof
theirenvironmentaldocumentation,tobecompletedforacourthearinginMay1998.
Canada
Becauseofrecentsupplyrestrictions,theissuanceofmultipleuseregulations,and
pricefluctuations,Canadianmillsandtimberbuyershavebeenlookingoffshoreto
supplythemselveswithneededtimber.Thisinterestinimportedtimbersuppliesled
theFoodProductionandInspectionBranchoftheFederalAnimalandPlantHealth
Directorate,PlantProtectionDivision,toissueadirectivebarringtheimportoftimber
unlessitistropical(growsonlyintropicalclimatesnotfoundinNorthAmerica)oritis
beingimportedfromacountryforwhichapestriskassessmenthasbeendone,simi-
lartothosedonebytheUnitedStates(APHIS)forChileandNewZealand.Todate,
onlytheformerUSSRhasbeenevaluatedandpestriskrequirementsestablishedto
bantheimportationofpestanddiseasethatcoulddecimateNorthAmericantimber
stands.Therefore,asofMay1994,onlytimberfromthecontinentalUnitedStates,
tropicaltimber(theaccepted,specifiedspecies),ortimberfromtheformerUSSR
countriescanbeimportedintoCanada.Unmanufacturedwoodproductsaredefined
aslogs,lumber,woodpackingmaterial,woodchips,bark,woodmulch,andshingles
thathaveundergoneonlyprimaryprocessing,consistingoftheremovaloflimbs,
debarking,roughsawing,roughshaping,andsprayingwithfungicideorinsecticide.
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Thedirective,basedonthePlantProtectionAct,S.C.1990,c.22andthePlantQuar-
antineRegulationsC.R.C.,c.1273,requirethatallimportedlumbermustbekilndried
(andcertifiedtohavemetcertaindegreesofheattreatment)andwrappedsoonafter
kilndryinginsuchawayastopreventreinfestation.Nopermittoimportisrequired.
ItemsnotkilndriedarenotallowedintoCanada.Exemptionsincludetimberproducts
fromtropicaltreesthatarecompletelyfreeofbark(exceptlogs),otherprocessedand
manufacturedwoodproducts(also100percentfreeofbark),orbyacase-by-case
exemptionforeducational,scientific,orindustrialpurposes.Toobtainanexemption
suchasthelastone,prospectiveimportersmustcontacttheAssociateDirectorofthe
ImportSection,PlantProtectionDivision.
Acknowledgments
Thisreportwouldnothavebeenpossiblewithouttheassistanceandsupportof
DonaldFloraandRichardHaynes.Totheseindividualsandmanyotherswhohave
answeredinnumerablequestionsandreviewedvariouscopies,thankyou.
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Bradnock,W.T.1994.Memorandum[ofMay16]tothe
Trade:ImportofLogs,LumberandOtherUnmanufactured
WoodProductsfromAreasOtherThantheContinental
UnitesStatesandtheFormerUSSR.Copyonfilewith:
PacificNorthwestResearchStation,4043RooseveltWay
NE,Seattle,WA98105.
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