Importing Orchids from Thailand to Canada


When importing cut flowers into Canada from Thailand, it is necessary to obtain a permit from the relevant authorities as laws regulate the importation of cut flowers into the country.

Your Orchid importation will require a Phytosanitary Certificate from Thailand which states that the flower is healthy. On some occasions it may be require for you to present documentation that the flower material can legally leave the exporting country.


Required Documents:
The Importer must obtain an import permit from Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which will state which certification the exporter must provide. A fee will be charged for each import permit.

The Exporter must obtain a Phytosanitary certificate from authorities in the exporting country. The exporter pays a fee for this which is then passed on to the customer.

Arrival in Canada:
By courier or air freight: You may choose to have a customs broker process your documents and arrange an inspection of the order. Otherwise you will need to obtain a Request for Release Approval form from the CFIA National Service Centre and FAX the documentation.

Returned request will note if inspection is required, if so, contact local inspection office. Fees will be charged for processing the paperwork and for the inspection, if necessary. Once Release is approved, customs will process and release plants.


As our Orchids are selectively bred to be cut flowers, they are not subject to the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species (CITES).


For every order, Thai Orchids Exporter will provide the following documents:
    Certificate of origin (if required)
    Commercial Invoice
    Packing List
    Original Air Waybill
    Phytosanitary Certificate


Please refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for more detailed information.