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…

Renewing Your Safe Food For Canadians License

Select Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) license holders will need to act now to ensure they renew them before they expire. Some SFC licenses expire on January 15, 2021, while others will expire in the days and weeks that follow. If you have an SFC license, it can be renewed online through your My CFIA account….

Canada Updates Import Requirements for Organic Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has provided updated guidance concerning the import of organic fresh fruits and vegetables. Effective October 1st, 2020, imports of these products will require a digital copy of the organic product certification (certificate) be provided with the Integrated Import Declaration (IID) transmitted for customs release purposes.  Importers should take careful note of these new requirements. They should ensure organic certificates…

Canada Updates Import Requirements for Leafy Green Vegetables from California and Arizona

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has provided updated guidance on the import of leafy green vegetables from the U.S. specifically from California and Arizona, due to previous outbreaks around foodborne illnesses.   CFIA will continue to allow the import of leafy green vegetables from the USA if the following criteria are followed:  The importer clearly indicates the state of origin of the produce.  Produce…

Reminder: CBSA Confirms Transition to Single-Window Requirements on August 17, 2020

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has confirmed its intent to decommission certain legacy electronic cargo release options in favor of those required under its Single-Window Initiative (SWI) program. This decommissioning process was previously delayed from April 2020 due to considerations around the COVID-19 health emergency. Effective August 17, 2020, Canadian imports regulated or co-regulated by…