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Reminder: New Guidelines for Importing Mixtures Containing Animal-Origin Ingredients

Posted November 01, 2019

Importers should be aware that new reporting guidelines for importing products of animal origin containing multiple ingredients come into effect as of November 1, 2019.

These Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s guidelines affect a variety of products including feeds, fertilizers, food with milk or egg ingredients, vitamin and mineral supplements, and commodities containing products of a rendering plant or other animal-origin ingredients.

What's Changed

To help prevent the introduction of animal diseases into Canada, ingredient percentages will no longer be used to determine import conditions and CFIA's focus will be on disease risk. As a result, import requirements may now vary from past practice and, in some cases, become more stringent.

What You Should Do
  • Review Section 9 (products of animal origin containing multiple ingredients) of the Import Policy Framework to determine whether it applies to your commodities. 
  • If you already have an import permit and need an amendment because of these changes, you only need to apply for the amendment before your next required permit renewal.
  • For one year after the implementation date of November 1st, 2019, import permits may reflect either the previous or new guidelines.
  • As permits are renewed during this transitional year, they will reflect the new guidelines.
  • Continue using the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) to identify import conditions
  • If your commodity is not listed in AIRS, CFIA may apply Section 9 import requirements case by case.
  • If you do not yet have an import permit or need to renew your permit, you must provide documentation listing all animal-origin ingredients in the commodity, as well as the species and the country of origin of each ingredient, to the Centre of Administration when applying for an import permit and to the National Import Service Centre when requesting clearance of a shipment.

Need More Information?

Should you have questions about these change to CFIA’s import requirements or need help determining whether they apply to any of your imports, don’t hesitate to contact us – our trade experts are here to help.


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