CFIA - New Regulations And Informed Compliance

As an importer, you must keep current with the new and upcoming changes in regulatory requirements for all government departments. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), for example, with regard to food and plant product imports, will have some changes.

The upcoming changes in regulations include:

The Food Safety Action Plan (FSAP) is a five year initiative that aims to modernize and strengthen Canada's food safety system and increase collaboration and information sharing among government partners, industry, and consumers in the Imported Food Sector (IFS), as well as provide the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with an enhanced ability to communicate important information to importers to assist in mitigating food safety risks.

Imported Food Sector (IFS) products represent approximately 70% of food products sold in Canada. An IFS product is any imported food or food ingredient for human consumption. If you are an importer of IFS products, then becoming prepared for the full implementation of the Food Safety Action Plan (FSAP) is a MUST. In the next two (2) years, the FSAP regulatory requirements will be enforced and if you are not in full compliance, you will be unable to import IFS products.New regulations and informed compliance for solid wood packaging materials such as pallets, crates and dunnage.

Considerations When Importing Produce Into Canada

If you are an importer of machinery or other non-CFIA regulated products, your imports will still fall under the aegis of the CFIA due the packaging materials used.

Are you and your vendors aware of the upcoming changes for all solid wood packaging materials exported from the United States? We host a series of educational courses to assist you in understanding your importer/exporter responsibilities so that you can avoid penalties, ensure your importing privilege is protected and your company can withstand a customs audit. Learn more and register >>

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Gloria Terhaar
CCS, CTCS, CBSA Professional Designate

Gloria Terhaar has over 17 years of Canadian customs brokerage experience. She currently works in our Canadian division as a Trade Compliance Supervisor and Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Gloria has extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadain produce industry.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.