Reminder: Importing Food into Canada with a Safe Food for Canadians Licence

As of March 15, 2021, food import transactions will automatically be rejected unless a valid Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence is entered in the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). If a transaction is rejected, the SFC licence holder may experience delays and have their shipment(s) held at the border until the error is addressed and the import transaction is resubmitted. 

You must obtain your SFC licence to import before presenting your shipment at the border. You will not be able to obtain an SFC licence at the border. If you currently hold a licence, review your licence profile in My CFIA to ensure that your licence has been issued for the activity of “Importing” and for the food commodity or commodities you intend to import. An SFC licence application, as well as certain licence amendments, may take up to 15 business days to process, but can take longer if a pre-licence inspection is required.

A copy of your SFC license should be provided to Delmar so that we have access to the license number which is required for customs release purposes.

Additional information can be found here.

For additional information, please contact your local Delmar Representative.

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