Chapter 11 – Export
11.1 Introduction

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In most cases the requirements of the importing country are similar to Canadian requirements.

Certain countries, however, have special requirements which are either in addition to or different from Canadian requirements. Such requirements may be in regard to construction, inspection procedures, slaughter techniques, processing and transport of meat products, or in regard to wholesomeness or hygiene. Special requirements are outlined in section 11.7.

Importing country requirements may change from time to time. This chapter, therefore, shall be considered only as a guide. Exporters having knowledge of changes in importing country requirements should provide such information to the Food Import/Export Division (FIED). The FIED, as appropriate or necessary, may follow up with the importing country to verify the information and to enter into negotiations if changes are needed. The CFIA staff will be informed of the results of the follow-up by; direct communication, and/or written information provided by Operations Branch, and/or by an amendment to this Manual. Where an exporter has approached a certifying CFIA veterinarian directly regarding changes in conditions the veterinarian should seek advice from a Program Network Export Specialist.

Consignments for countries or products not covered in this Chapter may be certified with the standard CFIA certificate for meat products (CFIA/ACIA 1454). These consignments are at commercial risk. Commercial risk means acceptance by the exporter that the CFIA certificate is given in good faith based on the exporter's written assurances that all due enquiries have been made and that there is no known impediment to entry of the product into the country concerned. These products must meet all Canadian requirements. The letter of commercial risk provided by the exporter is to be included with the export certificate when presented for signature. Certification in relation to radioactivity (Annex A) and dioxin (Annex A1) can be used along with form CFIA/ACIA 1454 for commercial risk shipments at the request of the exporter. Commercial risk does not mean that the CFIA will provide certificates at the exporter's request, if the request is contrary to known requirements.

Only meat products prepared in registered establishments may be exported and then only if they are prepared according to the requirements of the importing country, are certified accordingly and the registered establishment is on the list of establishments approved for export to the country in question. When applicable, requests for approval should be submitted using Annex I. Furthermore, in those establishments which are processing meat products intended for export, the meat products must have originated from a source approved by the country of destination. In some cases (see requirements for the country) a transfer certificate may need to be used to demonstrate that the meat used for processing is eligible for a specific market. The certificate in Annex J must be used for such purposes.

No meat product shipment shall be exported unless it has received a final inspection and is found satisfactory.

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