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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Attention Non-resident Food Importers!

  • Are you currently importing food into Canada?

  • Do you already have customers in Canada and in need of warehousing and distribution?

We may be able to help you with providing temperature controlled warehouse storage and distribution in Canada.

Please fill the contact us form on our website or call 519-962-8568.