Notice to exporters of american ginseng

Notice to Exporters of North American Ginseng from Canada

  • The exportation of wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is prohibited from Canada; only cultivated ginseng may be authorized for export.
  • The exportation of cultivated ginseng requires a Canadian Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) export permit issued by the Canadian Wildlife Service. Permits are issued for personal or commercial purposes.
  • The requirement for CITES permits applies only to whole and sliced roots and parts of roots. A CITES export permit is not required for exporting live ginseng plants, ginseng seeds, or manufactured parts or derivatives such as powders, pills, extracts, tonics, teas, and confectionary.
  • The Canadian Wildlife Service may issue Multiple-Use (MU) export permits for cultivated ginseng in certain circumstances. These permits are restricted to ginseng exporters who frequently export multiple ginseng shipments in a year and/or need to export multiple shipments in a short time frame.
  • Multiple-Use export permits for ginseng are subject to strict conditions and procedures; protocol differs depending on whether they are for personal or commercial purposes. Photocopies of permits are no longer valid.
  • A Multiple-Use export permit for personal use may only be used to export shipments < 4.5 kg. Multiple-Use export permits for personal use are accompanied by a specified number of sticker permits. Each sticker permit is individually numbered and should be used in sequential order. Sticker permits are comprised of 3 sheets: the first sheet is to be returned to the CITES Management Authority, the second sheet is for the permit holder's records, and the third copy is the actual sticker. The quantity of the ginseng shipment and the country of import must be written on the top copy (the information will transfer to the other two sheets). The sticker should then be affixed directly to the ginseng shipment to accompany the package upon export. All unused stickers must be returned to the CITES Management Authority upon expiration of the permit.
  • Commercial Multiple-Use export permits may only be used to export ginseng shipments > 4.5 kg. A specified number of certified-true copies of the permit will be provided to the permit holder. Prior to export, the name, address and contact information of the consignee should be written on the permit, as well as the quantity and destination of the shipment. The shipment number and date of shipment should also be indicated in the appropriate box. A copy of the permit must be made once all the information is filled out and the copy should be sent to the CITES Management Authority. The certified-true permit accompanies the shipment to its destination. Every permit requires validation by a Canadian Customs Officer for each shipment exported prior to it leaving the country. Any unused certified-true permits should be returned to the CITES Management Authority upon expiration of the permit.
Management Authority
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H3

Ph: 1-800-668-6767 (toll-free number)
or (819) 997-1840 (National Capital Region)
Fax: (819) 953-6283
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