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Seminar: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Did You Know? Just Because a Shipment Gets Delivered Does Not Mean It's Released by CFIA

Regulated GoodsCustoms clearing regulated products through the Canadian border can be challenging if you do not know how the interaction between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) works. Shipments of CFIA regulated goods cross the border and get delivered to Canadian consignees daily. But just because a shipment gets delivered does not mean it has been released by CFIA. In this seminar we will begin by reviewing what is required by the CFIA, the entry process at the border and the different reviews a shipment may undergo before release. This is a great opportunity for businesses with newly hired logistics staff to receive cost-effective training, refresh their awareness in the transportation industry, or collect professional development points for the maintenance of various designations. If you import regulated goods in both directions of the border, stay the full day to learn about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

CFIA Regulated Goods and Industries:

Seafood, produce, grocery, meat, wood and lumber, horticulture, livestock, animal feed and drugs, pet food, vitamins and supplements.


Patti O'Malley, CCS, CTCS, CIFFA
Certified Customs Specialist, Certified Trade Compliance Specialist and Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association graduate with over 30 years of experience in Canada-bound importations. Patti is a Senior Trade Advisor with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada).

Topics Include:

  • Acts and regulations
  • Licensing, imports and permits
  • Documentation requirements
  • Wood Packaging - Canada and USA
  • The customs release process
  • Interaction between CBSA and CFIA
  • Monetary penalties
  • Surviving a customs audit

Professional Development

  • 5 points towards maintenance of the CCS and CTCS designation(s) will be awarded by the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB).

Date, Time and Location:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

  • CFIA only -- 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
  • CFIA and FDA -- 9:00 am - 3:30 pm PDT

Pacific Customs Brokers - Seminar Room
101 - 17637 1st Avenue, Surrey, BC

Registration Information:

Select "Register Online" to begin the online registration process.


Select "Register Offline" to download a fillable registration form. Please complete and submit this form via email or fax to:

Fax: 604.531.3120

Fee: Half-day is $95 CAD plus GST (per attendee)   |   Full-day is $145 CAD plus GST (per attendee)

Contact Information:

Trade Compliance Education Team
Phone: 888.538.1566

Registration Deadline:

Friday, March 20, 2015
*24 hour cancellation notice is appreciated