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Importing manufactured foods into Canada? You must have a Safe Food for Canadians licence by February 12, 2024

Importing manufactured foods into Canada? You must have a Safe Food for Canadians licence by February 12, 2024 - Route Newsletter: January 2024

On February 12, 2024, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will automatically check Safe Food For Canadians (SFCR) licences at the border for imports of manufactured foods.

Without a valid SFC licence your shipment will be denied entry into Canada.

What you need to do:

Step 1 – Get a Safe Food for Canadians licence

  • Do not wait.
  • It may take 15 business days or more to process your application, depending on how complex it is.
  • Licences will not be issued manually at the border.

Step 2 – If you have a licence, make sure it’s valid

Follow these steps to make sure your licence is:

  • active
  • issued for “Importing food”
  • issued for the commodities being imported

Licences are valid for 2 years.  You must renew your licence before it expires or you will need to apply for a new one.

A licence is required to import food, except for the following:

Click here to determine if you require an SFCR licence.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs.

Quick Tip #14
Don’t just insure the value of the goods

When insuring your freight, you are fully entitled to value your goods at a price above the base cost. Valuation of goods may include all freight charges, related costs, plus 10% (or more) to cover the administrative burden of processing a claim and to cover the insured’s profit. Since duty is still payable on damaged goods, make sure you insure the amount of duty as well.

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