Further to our alert issued on September 24 (see attached), food importers are advised to open an account on My CFIA in order to apply for a food license. Whether you Import, export or interprovincially trade food, a SFCR food license will be required.
The CFIA has set up various online tools to assist and guide food traders through the process. A food license application can only be made online and such will be available as of January 15, 2019 when the SFCR is fully implemented.
In addition to obtaining a food license, license holders will need to implement traceability standards (one-step forward and one-step backward along the supply chain) as well as preventive controls and a Preventive Control Plan (PCP). Your obligations and requirements on these matters along with implementation timelines can be found here.
We encourage food importers to set up an account with the CFIA and familiarize themselves with the new regulations, which come into effect in early 2019.
Please contact your local Delmar International representative or our North American Customs Advisory Services Group at AdvisoryServices@delmar.ca for additional information and assistance.