CN 20-01, Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence to import food to Canada

January 08th, 2020

Please be informed that Customs Notice CN 20-01 replaces CN 19-01 Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)’s Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) coming into force on January 15, 2019. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)’s Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15th, 2019. Under the SFCR, new requirements apply to businesses and individuals importing food into Canada.

The purpose of this Customs Notice is to advise commercial importers that as of January 15, 2020, an SFC licence is mandatory to import certain foods into Canada.

Licences/registrations issued under previous CFIA food legislation (e.g. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations, Dairy Products Regulations), are no longer valid for registered foods.

ASFC licence is required for the import of certain foods, including:

  • meat products,
  • fish and seafood,
  • dairy products,
  • shell eggs,
  • processed egg products,
  • fresh fruits and vegetables,
  • processed fruits and vegetables,
  • honey and maple products.

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