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About the BC Cherry Association

The BC Cherry Association (BCCA) represents growers, marketers, packers, researchers and industry members. The BCCA sponsors research to grow and deliver top quality cherries to markets around the world. We also work to promote and strengthen marketing opportunities.

Our research

The BCCA supports research projects that help advance the cherry industry. Successful projects on pest control, post harvest handling, breeding, and disease suppression are examples of work done in past.

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Our Marketing

The BCCA works with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the BC Ministry of Agriculture to administer export programs. We also act as the industry body when negotiating market access for new cherry export deals.

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Grower resources

It is currently membership renewal time! More information will be available under this tab in the near future. In the meantime, click below to find the membership form.

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Latest News

Fresh BC Cherry Exports to the US - new requirement!!

Shippers: There is a new requirement for fresh BC cherries entering US markets. The European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) was found in Ontario in 2016. This is the first documented occurrence of this pest in North America. This means that the US will be placing restrictions on the entry of Ontario cherries into the US for 2017. 
 
BC producers will not be affected, except for the following: APHIS requires that all BC-origin cherries entering the U.S. have this exact phrase on the bill of lading: "THE SHIPPER CERTIFIES PRODUCT WAS PRODUCED EXCLUSIVELY IN THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA AND/OR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, USA.” They are using this blanket statement to cover cherries from the US Pacific Northwest as well, and they require that we use the wording supplied, for all fresh cherry exports to anywhere in the US.

China Export Program

The deadline for applications for the program to export cherries to the People's Republic of China has now passed, and the CFIA has sent final registration numbers to participating growers. Sticky trap placement for South Okanagan and Similkameen (RDOS) growers will be on April 25th. For growers in all other areas, including the Central and North Okanagan, and Creston, trap placement will be on May 9.

Growers will need to start monitoring traps and reporting results on the Tuesday following trap placement. For RDOS growers, the first report is due by the end of the day on Tuesday May 2nd. For everyone else, the first report is due by the end of the day on Tuesday May 9th.

Do you need the worksheets for reporting your trap monitoring, or your quarantine pest monitoring? Look for the links at the bottom of the page here: Exporting to PRC

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PO Box 987
Summerland, BC, Canada
V0H 1Z0