Traveling outside of the country? Don't Pack a Pest!


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Firewood movement into the United States from all foreign countries other than Canada is prohibited without treatment.

All hardwood and softwood firewood entering the U.S. from Canada must be heat treated to kill any pests in the wood.

Firewood can harbor tree-killing insects that could seriously damage America’s forest industries, public land, and community landscapes. Research has identified untreated firewood from foreign countries as one of the primary pathways for the introduction of forest pests into the United States. To address this problem, firewood must now be treated in nearly every region of the world and inspected on arrival from all countries.

If you would like to learn how to properly move firewood into the United States, please visit the USDA APHIS Firewood information page. It describes the requirements for campers and homeowners to enjoy a safe and affordable source of heat.

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