Important SFCA Update for Canadian Food Importers and Exporters

Canada’s Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced its MY CFIA portal is now able to process licences as required by the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) in keeping with the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SCFA). For many food businesses regulated by SFCR, having a licence will be a requirement to import or export food products as of January 15th, 2019. Some businesses have until July 15, 2020 to obtain a SFCR licence.

CFIA’s interactive licensing tool can assist in determining the appropriate licence and effective date. Applicants will be required to attest that they have preventative controls in place.

Each SFCR licence will cost C$250. Businesses with an established CFIA account number will be charged automatically on January 15, 2019. An amended fee notice and comparative fee chart by product were published to further assist applicants. Approved licences are expected to be provided digitally to applicants on or after January 15, 2019.

Licences or registrations expiring before January 15th, 2019 should be renewed through their normal process. Current licences or registrations remain valid until their expiration date – provided they include a statement of SFCA validity – after which they should be renewed per SFCR.

Beginning January 15, 2019, food exporters will require an applicable licence obtained through MY CFIA in lieu of using a Manufacturer’s Declaration.

Licence considerations and additional information related to the application process is available here along with an informational video here. CFIA will hold informational SFCR webinars in January 2019 and has published a pre-recorded session for additional reference.

Businesses involved in the trade of food products are encouraged to carefully review this information. Applicable licences should be obtained as soon as possible to avoid shipment delays.

Please contact your local Delmar representative or email our Canadian Advisory Services Group for additional information and assistance. SFCR licences (preferred) or licence numbers should be provided to our Canadian Advisory Services Group via email as soon as possible.

Additional Information:

New Canadian Food Safety Regulations Effective January 15, 2019

CFIA News Release

Tips for a Smooth Safe Food for Canadians Licence Application

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