Notice to industry: Changes to requirements for export to the USA of animal consumption material other than shelf-stable thermally processed pet food, treats and chews

As of March 1, 2018, some changes came into force for exporting animal consumption material other than shelf-stable thermally processed pet food, treats and chews from Canada to the USA.

Facility inspection

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) now inspects and approves Canadian facilities wishing to export their products for animal consumption to the USA. Previously, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was responsible for approving facilities.

Canadian facilities will be inspected by the CFIA once a year.

USDA import permit

A USDA import permit will still be required for material other than shelf-stable thermally processed pet food, treats and chews. This process has not changed.

For information or assistance with the USDA import permit, please contact USDA at ASKNIES.Products@aphis.usda.gov or phone: 1-301-851-3300, and select option 1.

Canadian export certification

A Canadian export certificate is required for each shipment.

An export certificate is valid for one importer and one exporter, but the shipment may include products originating from several CFIA-approved processing facilities that will be listed on the permit. The export certificate is valid for 30 days from the date the certificate is issued by a CFIA veterinarian.

The facility is responsible for requesting an inspection ahead of time to obtain approval to export from the facility.

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