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Improvements to Automated Import Reference System Verification Service (AVS)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is making improvements to the systems and tools used by importers and brokers during the import declaration process.

CFIA has updated the Automated Import Reference System Verification Service (AVS), including the AVS Tech Specifications, which has a new link required to submit to AVS.

Please use the following link to find the latest information about AVS: https://www.inspection.gc.ca/avs.

A transition period is in place until the end of February 2020 in order to facilitate the implementation of the new link.

Why is this happening now?

CFIA follows security standards that are set out in Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat policy.

If you experience technical difficulties, or to share any comments, please contact the National Import Service Centre.

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

Stay safe.

Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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