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Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) requirement for the Manufactured food commodities

This notice is to inform importers and brokers that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will be updating the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) to include the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) licence requirement for the Manufactured food commodities that will require a SFCR licence on July 15, 2020.

On July 15, 2020, new requirements relating to licensing, preventive controls and traceability under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) begin to apply to businesses in the manufactured food sector.  However, as announced on April 7, 2020, the CFIA will not prioritize compliance activities related to these requirements during the pandemic.

The list of affected HS codes will be provided on July 15, 2020.

To find out if and when you need as SFC licence, refer to the licencing interactive tool.

If you have questions, fill out our online form or call 1-800-442-2342.

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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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