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Enhancing Existing Pest Control and Fumigation Services at Ports Across Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia (May 28, 2019) - SGS Canada has gained ‘Approved Fumigator’ status against the new Standard for Fumigation set by the Grain and Feed Trade Association (Gafta). It is estimated that 80% of global grain trade is regulated under Gafta shipping conditions and, in September 2018, Gafta launched a worldwide register of approved fumigators. If goods are traded on Gafta contracts that incorporate the 132 Fumigation Rules, a fumigator from its register must be employed.

Following recent successful audits, a Certificate of Conformity was awarded to SGS Canada. “Earning a spot on the Gafta Approved Register reflects SGS Canada’s commitment to offering the best available techniques and procedures to prevent insect-related risks and damage during transportation and storage of agricultural commodities by sea,” said Mike Metzak, Regional Manager of Trade Services - Terminals at SGS Canada. “There are several touchpoints across the food supply chain that support risk mitigation and Gafta approved status supports SGS Canada in ensuring the safety and quality of our clients’ cargoes for export.”

Across ports and logistics centres worldwide, SGS is recognized as a leader in pest control and fumigation for its treatment of cargoes that are loaded into sea-going vessels, barges and containers. Gafta’s new Standard for Fumigation, a revision of the GTAS Fumigation and Pest Control manual, was established in June 2018 to improve the level of competence and understanding about infestation, pest control and fumigants in traded agricultural commodities markets. The standard sets an international benchmark for the provision of fumigation services and encourages trade of agricultural commodities in compliance with health, safety, environmental and regulatory requirements.

SGS Canada is a unique service provider in the Canadian market since its fumigators are physically located at ports across the country; at Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Thunder Bay and across Southern Ontario and Quebec. SGS's complete fumigation and pest management services, available at all ports across Canada, include:

  • Fumigation of stored goods;
  • Fumigation during or prior to shipment;
  • Biocide treatment of cargoes;
  • Disinfection and fumigation for the food and beverage industry;
  • Quarantine fumigation of wood and timber, to obtain a phytosanitary certificate;
  • Ventilation and gas-free measurement;
  • Auditing.

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About the Grain and Feed Trade Association

As an international trade association with over 1,800 members in 95 countries, Gafta aims to promote international trade of grains, animal feed and raw ingredients, and to protect its members' interests worldwide. More details are available at, where the new Standard for Fumigation can be downloaded.

About SGS

As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

For media inquiries:

Sadia Qureshi
Communications Program Manager
t: 289 233 4470