Importing Food

A Step by Step Guide

Step 1: Know your food- what are the risks? Understand the supply chain of your food

Step 2: Familiarize yourself with Canadian requirements for food imports

Step 3: Choose an appropriate foreign supplier

Step 4: Preventive control plan- create the plan and implement it

Step 5: Develop a recall and complaints procedure

Step 6: Apply for your licence to import from the CFIA when you are ready to import

Step 7: Provide the CFIA with information about each of your shipments after importing

Step 8: Keep traceability records

Step 9: Maintain a preventive control plan

Step 10: Implement a recall and complaints procedure

Non-Resident Importers (NRIs)

Certain conditions need to be met before NRIs can obtain a food license from the CFIA. Check here for more details.

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