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Check inspection status of U.S. meat import shipment

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspects and certifies all meat shipments from the United States before the meat is exported to Canada. As an additional measure to verify the safety of US meat, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) conducts random inspections of incoming meat shipments.

Importers and brokers of meat and meat products from the United States can use the CFIA Automated Shipment Inspection Status Search Tool (ASISST) to find out if their meat shipment requires CFIA inspection.

How to use ASISST

To perform a search in ASISST, simply enter the shipment's 14-digit transaction number or an Official Meat Inspection Certificate (OMIC) number with dashes removed (ie: USCA2014999999) and hit enter. The page will display the following information for each transaction number:

You will receive an error message in ASISST

In these cases, do the following:

If a shipment is selected for inspection, you will receive, in ASISST, the number of the registered inspection establishment where the carrier is to report. For shipments that do not need an inspection, a print screen of the ASISST results page is acceptable for you to present to registered establishments for their Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems. For shipments that are assigned as "skip lot", you are required to forward the original certificates, within 10 days, to the CFIA (the responsible inspector at the registered inspection establishment or to a regional office). For shipments assigned for "full inspection," the original certificate needs to accompany the shipment to the registered inspection establishment.

ASISST will retain inspection status for 30 days only. Searches performed on transactions more than 30 days old will display a result of "Inspection status not available – Shipment entered Canada more than 30 days ago".

ASISST uses pop-up windows and javascript. Please note that this may cause problems for users with pop-up blockers installed with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or by a third-party pop-up blocker. To work around this, please enable pop-ups from this site.

NOTE: ASISST has been prepared for the convenience of importers and brokers of meat and meat products from the United States and has no official sanction. For all purposes of interpreting and applying the law, users should consult Canadian acts and regulations.

Contingency plan

If ASISST is unavailable, or if the EDI is not working, contact the National Import Service Centre at 1-800-835-4486.

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