Export requirements library

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On January 15, 2019, the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will come into effect.

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  • Certain requirements for some foods or businesses will not apply on this date. Learn more about timelines.
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The export requirements library outlines destination country requirements you need to meet when exporting. They include conditions the Canadian government has accepted for issuing export certificates. Their purpose is to facilitate access to overseas markets for Canadian exporters.

The destination country requirements provided below are based on information available to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) at the time of posting. You should confirm product requirements with the importer and the competent foreign authorities before commencing full scale production for export to a foreign market. The CFIA assumes no liability for the accuracy of this information.

Before you export your products, check for changes to regulatory or commercial requirements. You are responsible for ensuring that your exports comply with applicable Canadian requirements and those of the importing country.

Note: Importing country requirements may relate to public health as well as animal health and plant protection.

What type of information is available?

For each product sector/destination country combination, applicable requirements may be found under the headings as described below:

  1. Eligible / ineligible product
    A description of the products that can be certified by CFIA for export to the destination country and a list of specific products or types of products that cannot be certified by CFIA for export to that country.
  2. Pre-export approvals by the competent authority of the importing country:
    1. Establishment
    2. Product
    3. Label
    4. Import permit
    A description of approvals by the competent authority (CA) of the importing country that are pre-requisites for export. These include establishment approval and listing, product approval, label registration and import permit issuance to the importer.
  3. Product specifications (microbiological, chemical contaminant and drug residue limits)
    A listing of the microbiological, chemical and other product standards and specifications of the importing country which differ from Canadian standards and may require additional controls.
  4. Production controls and inspection requirements
    Specific controls or measures to be applied by the operator or producer during production to ensure compliance with the importing country's requirements and any associated inspection activities by CFIA.
  5. Labelling, packaging and marking requirements
    Labelling, packaging and marking requirements which are set out in the export certificate as well as other requirements which have been agreed upon between CFIA and the foreign CA.
  6. Documentation requirements (Certificates, Statements, Forms)
    Outlines importing country requirements for documentation including specific certificates and statements to be issued and signed by CFIA.
  7. Other information
    Other pertinent information including contact details for the foreign competent authority and links to the foreign Competent Authority's website where such information is available.

If a particular heading does not appear for a given product sector/country combination, it means that the Agency is not aware of any destination country requirements that fall under that heading. If you wish to export products to that country, it is your responsibility to verify and comply with any relevant requirements for that market.

Don't see your market in the export requirements library?

If you wish to export products to countries not listed, it is your responsibility to check and comply with destination country or market requirements. Where the foreign country requirements are unclear, the CFIA or the Market Access Secretariat or the Trade Commissioner's Office can seek clarification from the overseas government concerned. Unofficial interpretations are applied at your own risk.

More information on animal and plant health certification

Foods with certification requirements related to animal health (aquatic or terrestrial) have been incorporated into the country export requirements below. For information on plant health certification requirements, please consult the CFIA plant export page. Food products that potentially require plant health certification include: grain and processed grain products (hemp seed, ground flax, oatmeal, flour, lentils, peas and other legumes, rice, corn, etc.); plant oils (canola, flax seed oil, etc.); frozen fruits and vegetables; fresh fruits and vegetables (mushrooms, bulbs, etc.); dried or freeze dried fruits or vegetables; dried soup mixes (particularly if they contain grains or dried vegetables); coffee and teas (including herbal teas); spices (especially spices that are whole seeds such as cardamom); and, traditional medicine ingredients. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

Updating foreign country requirements

When a requirement for a particular country is updated, relevant notifications by Listserv will be sent out and posted in the Highlights section of Food exports.

Helping to keep export requirements current

Please advise the CFIA if you receive information about new requirements or the way in which countries administer their requirements. This helps ensure that market-specific export requirements are valid and as up-to-date as possible. It may also provide a basis for negotiations to amend an existing requirement or establish a new one.

Travellers going abroad

If you are travelling overseas and carry food products intended for later personal use or consumption, you are exempt from licensing as an exporter.

Taking trade samples overseas

You may need to meet export requirements if you take trade samples to other countries. These are normally defined in the foreign country requirements for the countries or markets the samples are intended for.

You can find information by country:

Or by the various food product sectors:

Egg and processed egg products

Fish and seafood

Fresh fruit and vegetables

Honey and honey products

Meat and poultry

Milk and dairy products

Other foods and beverages

Processed products (fruits, vegetables and maple products)

Country requirements

A

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Antigua

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

B

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Bermuda

Bolivia

Brazil

Bulgaria

C

Cayman Islands

Chile

China

Columbia

Congo (Democratic Republic of)

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

D

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominican Republic

E

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Estonia

European Union

F

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

G

Gabon

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Greenland

Guatemala

H

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

I

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast

J

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

K

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea (Republic of)

Kosovo

Kuwait

L

Latvia

Lebanon

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

M

Macao

Macedonia (Republic of)

Malaysia

Malta

Mauritius

Mexico

Moldova

Morocco

Myanmar

N

Netherlands

Netherlands Antilles

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Nigeria

Nicaragua

Norway

O

Oman

P

Pakistan

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Peru

Philippines

Puerto Rico (see United States of America)

Poland

Portugal

Q

Qatar

R

Romania

Russian Federation

S

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saudi Arabia

Scotland

Senegal

Serbia

Singapore

South Africa (Republic of)

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Slovak Republic

Slovenia

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Surinam

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

T

Tajikistan

Taiwan

Tanzania

Thailand

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

U

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United States of America

Uruguay

V

Venezuela

Vietnam

W

West Indies

Z

Zambia

Food commodity requirements

Egg and processed egg products

Fish and seafood

Fresh fruit and vegetables

Honey and honey products

Processed products (fruits, vegetables and maple products)

Meat and poultry

Milk and dairy products

Other foods and beverages

Canadian export requirements for processed products (fruits, vegetables and maple products)

Manufacturer's Declaration form for export of foods regulated under the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations

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