Do you import food into Canada? Recent changes may impact your business.
What’s new is in store when you are a food importer, what you need to know regarding, SFCR (Safe Food for Canadians Regulations)
Export documentation and establishment numbers under the SFCR
On January 15, 2019, the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force, introducing new licensing requirements for businesses that export food. To maintain continuity of Canada’s export activities and avoid costly trade disruptions, it is important that businesses list the right number identifying the establishment on their food export documentation.
Businesses with existing registrations or licences
If businesses had a registration/licence with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) before January 15, 2019, it will remain valid until expiry. Businesses should make sure to add the unique identifier under establishments during enrollment in My CFIA. It is this number that should be entered in the registration/establishment number field of the export certificates as per current practice, and not the SFC licence number.
For new businesses in the previously registered food sectors (meat, fish, dairy, egg, processed egg, honey, maple, fresh fruit and vegetables and processed products) that are applying for an SFC licence as of January 15, 2019, a unique establishment identifier will be assigned by the CFIA. It is this number that should be entered in the registration/establishment number field of the export certificates and export eligibility lists (if applicable).
Multiple establishments or entities identified on the export certificate
If multiple establishments are identified on an export certificate (e.g. vessels, cold storages, slaughter houses, etc.), the number for each establishment must correspond with the establishment identifiers featured on existing export lists to ensure no issues occur at point of entry into the foreign country.
Businesses in the manufactured food sector
Businesses exporting manufactured food (previously non-federally registered sector) where there is currently no existing export eligibility lists will use the manufacturer’s SFC licence number on the certificate of free sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786) in the licence/registration number field.
Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements are being phased in over the following 12 to 30 months.
Find out if and when the new requirements apply to your business.
Visit www.inspection.gc.ca/SafeFood to access information on food exports and consult the CFIA’s guidance finder: food to seek additional technical and regulatory information.
We at Community Customs Brokers are here to consult and keep you up to date with all current and relevant government policies and procedures, contact us should you have further questions.