DILAS CAN HELP TO ENSURE YOU ARE COMPLIANT WITH FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLE REGULATIONS AS CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY (CFIA) REGULATIONS COMING INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 15 2020
To determine whether you need a licence and how to apply for one, please refer to the CFIA’s LICENSING INTERACTIVE TOOL
Businesses must obtain their SFC licence before presenting their shipment at the border
Shipments without an SFC licence may experience delays or refusal of entry at the border, and importers may be subject to enforcement actions
Storing food at warehouses while you obtain the license (if you did not have one) for customs clearance will result in very high storage fees!
SFC licence applications normally take up to 15 business days to process and longer if PRE-LICENSE INSPECTION is required
ON JULY 15 2020 CFIA license will become mandatory for all commercial food and beverages, unless otherwise exempted (please consult interactive tool above)
Importers are advised to continue to consult the CFIA’s AUTOMATED IMPORT REFERENCE SYSTEM (AIRS) for food import requirements. This tool will indicate the requirements for DRC membership (Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation) that ensures regulatory compliance for Canadians subject to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations . You need to obtain membership before being able to import fresh fruits and vegetables into Canada by following this link: DRC membership and provide membership number to DILAS