Just got a call from our Alberta provincial Beekeepers Co-op…they supply our packages we get each spring…and they cancelled all packages coming into Canada from New Zealand this spring…and I suspect from Australia and Chile.
Out of curiosity, I asked them what the reason was behind this…and was told that shipping borders were closed between NZ and Canada. I stated that I thought some industrial/agricultural cargo was exempt from that. Apparently the Co-op had tried to charter a jet for package transport from NZ to Canada…there sure isn’t a shortage of jets on the ground these days. But the airlines wanted to charge a return (two way) fare doubling the price for the transport portion…thus making the packages unaffordable.
Traditionally (pre-1988) the USA used to supply the province of Alberta with 300,000 packages per year…USA/Canada border has never been re-opened to packages since then…but we can get US queens…now NZ supplies about 8000 packages/yr.