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Delay of requirement to upload organic certificates for organic products – CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has delayed the implementation of the requirement to upload a copy of the organic certificate for imported organic products.

Starting October 5, 2020 AIRS registration type #68 – Organic Certificate format will be updated to a confirmation and the Licence, Permit, Certificate, and Other document(s) (LPCO) will be modified from “Materialized” to “AIRS Registration”.

This update applies to organic fresh fruits and vegetables, organic honey and maple products, organic eggs and shell egg products and requires an indication of confirmation (i.e. a declaration of “yes”) in the Integrated Import Declaration (IID) system that the importer is in possession of the organic certificate.  The certificate number and an uploaded copy of the certificate will not be required as part of the declaration until further notice.

CFIA remains committed to the implementation of this requirement and a new timeline for this initiative will be communicated to industry in the near future.

Please continue to use AIRS to verify the import admissibility requirements for any organic requirements.

Questions or concerns can be directed to the regulatory group at



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