Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) – Info

The SFCR generally applies to food intended for human consumption (including ingredients) that is importedexported, or inter-provincially traded for commercial purposes. It also applies to the slaughter of food animals from which meat products to be exported or inter-provincially traded may be derived.

The Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and SFCR do not apply to the following

  • food carried on a conveyance, for example ferries, airlines, trains, for use by crew and passengers
  • food intended and used for analysis, evaluation, research or exhibitions, weighing 100 kg or less, or in the case of eggs, is part of a shipment of five or fewer cases that are each intended to contain 30 dozen eggs
  • food not sold for use as human food (for example pet food, cosmetics), and labelled as such
  • foods imported from the United States onto the Akwesasne reserve, for use by a permanent resident of the reserve
  • foods imported in bond (in transit) for use by crew and passengers of a cruise ship or military ship in Canada
  • food inter-provincially traded between federal penitentiaries





SFCR Resources:

SFCR Handbook for Businesses

SFCR Fact Sheet

NRI Importer Requirements

Licensing Interactive Tool : Helps determine if you require a license.

PCP Preventative Control Plan Interactive Tool : A PCP is a written plan that demonstrates how you will identify and control risks to food and animals.

Traceability Interactive Tool : helps determine whether or not you need to maintain traceability records.


SFCR License Registry

SFCR Timelines


CFIA SFCR Contact Info:





Applying for a SFCR License:

Use CFIA’s Licensing Interactive Tool to determine if you require a license.

Requesting a License Using My CFIA  – Video Below





Ukraine War and China’s COVID Lockdowns Add to Supply Chain Problems: This article details the current supply Chain problems being experienced due to the Ukraine war and the new wave of China Covid Lockdowns.

U.S Labor Secretary Will Watch West Coast Ports’ Contract Talks ‘Very Closely’: Upcoming contract talks for west coast dockworkers.  The current contract expires on July 1, fears of, and potential disruptions in the supply chain loom.

Evergreen declares General Average on grounded Ever Forward: Another Evergreen vessel issue. They have declared General Average, which will share costs of vessel recovery to those with cargo interests aboard vessel Ever Forward

Yang Ming breaks annual profit record in 2021: Yang Ming recorded all time record annual profits in 2021. This is interesting as costs for beneficial cargo owners has remained very high still and at the same time we’ve experienced a large spike in inflation for many goods and services

Xeneta reports 100% increase in long-term container freight prices: Long-term contracts have climbed quite a bit which is problematic for larger companies who depend on long term high volume contracts. Paired with the record setting profits reported by steamship lines there is not a lot of incentive to decrease prices closer to where they were pre-COVID

Chinese ports exceed 43 million TEU in first two months of 2022: China has seen a 2.9% increase in volume in Jan-Feb 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. Ports and steamship lines are actively continuing to make progress towards expansion to handle record-breaking volumes and could make for an opportune time to begin or continue shipping for many companies.

International Customs Day 2022: CBSA keeping our border safe and our economy strong by expanding the use of technologies and data.

Government of Canada will remove pre-entry test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers on April 1: the Government of Canada announced that effective April 1, 2022 at 12:01 AM EDT; fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Fully vaccinated travelers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry test.

Drill Pipe from China: Notice of Initiation of Investigations: The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated investigations on March 25, 2022, under the Special Import Measures Act respecting the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of certain drill pipe from China. The investigations follows a complaint filed by Command Drilling Products Ltd. (Nisku, Alberta).

The International Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Organization have today published the first-ever toolkit to help companies and government agencies adopt available standards to accelerate the digitalisation of trade processes. Drawing on stakeholder consultations through ICC’s Digital Standards Initiative over the past year, the report emphasizes that one of the primary barriers to the adoption of paperless processes is a lack of awareness of existing standards for digital trade. Currently, fewer than 1% of trade documents are fully digitized globally – with a typical transaction requiring the exchange of 36 documents and 240 copies in hard-copy.


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