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New Canadian import policy for U.S. pet foods

     Pet Food

After consulting with the Canadian pet food industry, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) have announced the following changes to regulatory requirements for pet food, containing animal or animal products, made in the U.S. and exported to Canada:

  • U.S. exporters will now have the option of obtaining a multiple-shipment zoosanitary export certificate.  This certificate will cover all exports to Canada within a 7-day period and be valid for 30-days from the first departure date.

Implementation will begin September 1, 2015, at which time the zoosanitary export certificates will be endorsed by the USDA-APHIS based upon notarized affidavits from pet food manufacturers.  On July 1, 2016, Phase II will begin where USDA-APHIS will endorse zoosanitary export certificates based upon inspection and approval of exporting facilities.

Exporters will still have the option of obtaining single-shipment export certificates, however, the new multiple-shipment certificates are expected to significantly reduce paperwork for exporters and the USDA-APHIS.  Similar regulations for Canadian pet food producers are being developed by the USDA-APHIS in conjunction with the CFIA.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, General Manager – Customs Consulting Services.

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