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Incorporating organic import requirements into the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)

Anyone who imports organic products must be able to present a valid organic certificate when requested at any time, including at the time of import.

The organic certificate must be issued by a certification body that is accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), or by an accredited certification body recognized under an existing organic equivalency agreement between Canada and a foreign country.

Latest updates for importers and brokers of organic products

September 16, 2020

On August 27, 2020, new HS/OGD extension codes for organic eggs and shell egg products were published in AIRS. Additionally, the organic import admissibility requirements for these products have been incorporated into AIRS as per Part 13 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

Importers will be required to submit a digital copy of organic product certificate when declaring organic products online using the Integrated Import Declaration (IID) database.

The new OGD codes will differentiate organic products from conventional products. It is the responsibility of the importer to familiarize themselves with the new codes and comply with the import requirements.

List of the new OGD codes for eggs and shell egg products.

September 8, 2020

On June 10, 2019, the new OGD extensions codes for organic fresh fruits and vegetables were implemented in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) database. The list of new OGD extensions codes was shared on May 22, 2019 with stakeholders prior to AIRS publication.

Starting October 1, 2020 importers of fresh fruits and vegetables will be required to submit a digital copy of organic product certificate when declaring organic products online using the Integrated Import Declaration (IID).

Please continue to use AIRS to verify the import admissibility requirements for fresh fruit and vegetables, including any organic requirements.

April 22, 2020

On April 16, 2020, new HS/OGD extension codes for organic honey and maple products were published in AIRS. Additionally, the organic import admissibility requirements for these products have been incorporated into AIRS as per Part 13 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

Importers will be required to submit a digital copy of organic product certificate when declaring organic products online using the Integrated Import Declaration (IID) database.

The new OGD codes will differentiate organic products from conventional products. It is the responsibility of the importer to familiarize themselves with the new codes and comply with the import requirements.

List of the new OGD codes for honey and maple products.

April 07, 2020

On March 04, 2020, new HS/OGD extension codes for organic seeds and grains from chapter 07 were published in AIRS. The chapter covers dried leguminous vegetables. Organic stakeholders were informed on February 21, 2020 prior to publication.

The new OGD codes will differentiate organic products from conventional products. It is the responsibility of the importer to familiarize themselves with the new codes and comply with the import requirements.

The list of the new OGD codes for organic seeds and grains from chapter 07 are available in the Table.

June 10, 2019

On June 10, 2019, the new OGD extension codes for organic fresh fruits and vegetables have been implemented in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) database. The list of new OGD codes was shared on May 22, 2019 with stakeholders prior to AIRS publication.

The new OGD codes will differentiate organic products from conventional products. It is the responsibility of the importer to familiarize themselves with the new codes and comply with the import requirements.

The list of the new OGD extension codes for organic fresh fruits and vegetables is available in the Table below.

April 17, 2019

The organic import requirements in Part 13 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will be incorporated into the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS).

To implement the import requirements into AIRS, CFIA will use a phased-in approach which will involve creating new commodity identifiers (OGD extension codes) for organic products by commodity type.

The fresh fruits and vegetables will be the first commodity group to be implemented starting Spring 2019. CFIA will provide detailed information on each phase throughout the implementation process.

We encourage you to sign up for AIRS email notification and visit this page regularly for updates.

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