Here is a link to the most recent press release by the ‘government’ (in this case, the Prime Minister’s office) concerning F&M prevention in Canada: The Government’s Efforts Against Foot-and-Mouth Disease
You can check the entire database of F&M related press releases, etc. by going to the following website, and entering ‘foot + mouth’ in the search box: Government of Canada
Personally, I don’t think you have any reason for concern at all, and I think the comments in the BMW Journal are totally unfounded.
When I shipped my ST1100 from Paris, France to back to Canada by air in mid-September 2001, the only concern that the Canadian customs people had was that I might have purchased an accessory without paying our VAT (the infamous GST). They had no concerns of any kind beyond that, even though they were well aware that I had been touring all through Europe, including the UK, for the previous 2 months. They didn’t even bother to look at my motorcycle in the warehouse – they just stamped the papers when I showed up at the customs office with the waybill and ownership documents. I then went to the freight shed, took the bike out of the container, and rode away.
My only suggestion for you would be to be sure that the machine is as clean as it can possibly be, and this includes the centre stand, wheelwells, etc. Also, don’t have any cigarettes or alcohol in the panniers (big tax items here).
If you really want to research in detail, I think the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
is the department that is responsible for inspections related to agricultural imports, or any imports that relate to agricultural health (in other words, I think they are the people who make you walk over the disinfecting mats when you disembark from the aircraft). If you want to write to them, their address is:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency,
Public Affairs, 59 Camelot Drive,
2nd Floor East, Nepean, ON K1A 0Y9
Phone +1 (613) 225-2342
They don't have a published email address for queries, however, here is the email address they give for their public affairs office: email@example.com
[This message has been edited by PanEuropean (edited 05 January 2002).]