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Harmonized System (HS) 2017 Revisions

The Harmonized System (HS) 2017 revisions issued by the World Customs Organization went into effect on January 1.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Trade Services at 1.866.268.7602.

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Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan

The Government of Canada is taking further action to strengthen Canada's world-class food safety system with the launch of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan.

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Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan

The Government of Canada is taking further action to strengthen Canada's world-class food safety system with the launch of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan.

The Action Plan aims to strengthen Canada's food safety system through:

  • Stronger food safety rules
  • More effective inspection
  • Renewed commitment to service
  • More information for consumers

Under CFIA's Imported Food Sector Regulatory Proposal food and food product importers will be required to maintain the following:

  • License to import
  • Preventative Food Safety Control Plan (PFSCP)
  • Detailed records
  • Recall plan

To learn more about the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan, please click here.

For general inquiries on the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan, please email regulatoryinquiries@ftn.fedex.com.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants to hear from businesses and all Canadians regarding the Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

Send your comments by April 21, 2017

Food safety is a top priority for the Government of Canada. The proposed regulations for businesses will introduce modern food safety requirements for companies that import, prepare food for export or sell between provinces.

Full details regarding the proposed regulations on Safe Foods for Canadians may be found here.

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Canada Food Labelling Modernization Initiative

Since June 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has conducted two public consultations and are now conducting a third one on key proposals. The consultation closed February 28, 2017.

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Canada Food Labelling Modernization Initiative

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched a Food Labelling Modernization (FLM) initiative in June 2013. Since then, they have conducted two public consultations and are now conducting a third one on key proposals. The consultation closed February 28, 2017, and included of the following:

To learn more about the Canada Food Labelling Modernization initiative, click here.

For general inquiries on the Canada Food Labelling Modernization initiative, please email regulatoryinquiries@ftn.fedex.com.

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Trade Rate Quota Application for Milk Protein Substances 2017-2018

For importers who import milk protein substances with milk protein content of 85 percent or more by weight calculated on the dry matter, the deadline to apply for Tariff Rate Quota is February 15, 2017.

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Trade Rate Quota Application for Milk Protein Substances 2017-2018

For importers who import milk protein substances with milk protein content of 85 percent or more by weight calculated on the dry matter, the deadline to apply for Tariff Rate Quota was February 15, 2017.

The application form is available in appendix 2 of the new Notice to Importers No. 892 – Milk Protein Substances with a Milk Protein Content of 85% or more by Weight, Calculated on the Dry Matter, that do not Originate in a NAFTA Country, Chile, Costa Rica, or Israel (Item 125.2 on the Import Control List), which can be found on Global Affairs Canada's website here.

If you require assistance, please email regulatoryinquiries@ftn.fedex.com

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Weeds Seeds Order 2016

Effective November 1, 2016, all seeds sold or imported into Canada must be tested and graded using the Government of Canada's Weeds Seeds Order (WSO), 2016. To avoid common errors, which may delay the release of imported seeds, please ensure the following.

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Weeds Seeds Order 2016

Effective November 1, 2016, all seeds sold or imported into Canada must be tested and graded using the Government of Canada's Weeds Seeds Order (WSO), 2016.

When importing seeds in small packets intended for home gardens by individuals or commercial businesses, the requirements of the Seeds Act and Seeds Regulations must be complied with. To avoid common errors, which may delay the release of imported seeds, please ensure:

  • The unique lot identifier appears on all import documents (e.g., invoice import declaration, Seed Analysis Certificate (SAC))
  • The information on the SAC meets Canadian standards
  • Imports of seeds of crop types listed in Schedule III of the Regulations are a variety registered in Canada (unregistered varieties cannot be imported except for limited purposes)
  • The end use of the seed is clearly stated (for sale, research, conditioning or seeding by the importer)
  • Optional – include the fax or email address on the paperwork

More information on this program can be found through the Government of Canada's website Weed Seeds Order (WSO), or by emailing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at SeedSemence@inspection.gc.ca.

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