Apiculture Factsheet #002
Importing Queens and Packaged Bees
Canadian beekeepers can import queens and packaged bees from
several approved sources. All bee imports into Canada require a
federal Import Permit. Please be aware that the status of honey bee sources can change as diseases may be introduced.
Approved sources include:
- Queens - New Zealand, Australia, Chile, California and Hawaii
- Packages - New Zealand, Australia, and Chile
Import Permits must be applied for and can be obtained from:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Room 175, 17735-1st Ave
Surrey, BC V3S 9S1
Ph. 604 541-3368
Information about obtaining an Import Permit can also be found on
the internet at
www.inspection.gc.ca (Animals / Imports of Animals & Animal Products / Automated Import Reference System / type in "bees" or "queens").
Import Permits involve a fee, regardless of the
size of the order. For smaller shipments, ordering through a Beekeeper Supplier or group purchase may be far cheaper.
When ordering bees from Australia and New Zealand, plan for the
earliest possible date of arrival. Earlier shipments tend to be of
better quality and queens adjust better.
When queens or packages are needed later in the spring, consider
purchasing good quality bees from local breeders. For a list of
members of the BC Bee Breeders Association, see