CFIA Processing Delays at the Canadian Border

Please note that there are release delays at the Canadian border due to processing times. The delays affect shipments or items that are subject to clear through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), with delays in some cases of up to 24 hours. This delay could impact importers monetarily, as carriers could possibly charge waiting…

CBSA Updates Single Window Initiative (SWI) Roll-out Plan

Canada’s Border Services Agency (CBSA) has provided additional guidance to the trade community on the roll-out of its Single Window Initiative (SWI) and related Integrated Import Declaration (IID) transactions. For shipments regulated under legacy Other Government Departments (OGD), CBSA previously indicated it would discontinue the use of legacy cargo release transmission options in favour of…

Canada’s Single Window Initiative Becomes Mandatory April 1, 2019

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), in partnership with Participating Government Agencies (PGA), including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Transport Canada (TC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), is mandating the use of its Single Window Initiative (SWI) effective April 1, 2019 for applicable import transactions. SWI is intended to simplify the import process and…

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…

UPDATE: Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)

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…

New Canadian Food Safety Regulations Effective January 15, 2019

On January 15, 2019, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Government of Canada will implement new food safety regulations that affect parties processing, importing and/or handling food and related products for human consumption. The Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are intended to modernize food safety in…