Frequently asked questions regarding Fumigation
Q: Does the announcement mean that carriers will no longer fumigate shipments?
A: While each carrier will make its own decision on this, it is our understanding that it is the
carriers’ intent to no longer arrange fumigation for their shippers.
Q: How will a shipper or consignee be able to meet the fumigation requirements in
Australia and New Zealand?
A: Carriers urge their customers to use pre-treated wood pallets/ packing material or wood
substitutes in order to eliminate the need for fumigation altogether (shippers should refer to the
ISPM 15 standard), a copy of which can be obtained from each carrier. If wood must be used,
shippers will need to arrange fumigation themselves, directly with the fumigators, either at the
origin point where the cargo is loaded, at the port of loading before delivery to the carrier or at the
destination ports. Carriers can provide you with the fumigation provider contacts in the ports of
loading, but shippers will need to arrange the services directly.
Q: Why are Carriers no longer arranging my fumigation?
A: There are several reasons for this: first, the increasing terminal congestion in all of the ports
coupled with increasing environmental restrictions has made fumigation at the terminals
increasingly difficult and time consuming. Next, ongoing rail delays have made completing
fumigation in time to meet vessel cutoff difficult or impossible for intermodal cargo. Third, the
fumigation service has never been a service provided directly by the carriers; rather they have
arranged for and in some cases absorbed the cost of such service. Today’s environment of
increasing costs for carriers has made it too costly for them to continue to provide this service for
Q: Can a shipper arrange its own fumigation on dock with the terminal directly?
A: No, the terminal will not allow shippers to arrange fumigation on-dock due to a severe
shortage of space.
Q: Can a carrier arrange fumigation at an off-dock facility?
A: This would be up to each individual carrier. However, it is our understanding that each of the
carriers will no longer offer services associated with the fumigation process.
Q: Can intermodal containers be stopped in Vancouver for fumigation?
A: Unfortunately, due to liability, equipment, cost and logistical reasons,it is our understanding
that each of the carriers has determined that they will be unable to offer Stop-In-Transit service in
Vancouver for containers requiring fumigation.
Q: Can a carrier offer fumigation at an inland point before railing to the port?
A: Again, it is our understanding that no carrier will be offering fumigation services at inland
points or offering trucking services to fumigation depots. If customers have the ability to arrange
fumigation at inland points, carriers can take possession of the container at the rail ramp. The
expectation is that shippers will arrange and complete fumigation before the cargo is tendered to
Q: Are there fumigators available at inland points?
A: The carriers have traditionally arranged for fumigation of containers in the ports of loading and
they do not have fumigation contacts at inland points. It is imperative that fumigation is
handled prior to the shipping line taking receipt of the cargo.
Q: Will I be able to fumigate at destination ports instead of in Canada?
A: There are limited facilities to fumigate in Australia and New Zealand. Carriers would
recommend the use of pre-treated wood pallets/ packing material or wood substitutes in order to
eliminate the need for fumigation altogether (shippers should refer to the ISPM 15 standard). The
receiver of the goods in Australia or New Zealand will be able to advise if they can arrange
fumigation on your behalf.