The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) verifies that exported food and food products meet Canadian requirements (where applicable) as well as those of the importing country. Countries may have different requirements for each food commodity. Exporters are responsible for knowing the requirements set by the country of import that relate to public and animal health as well as plant protection.
If an export certificate is required by the importing country, the exporter may only request a certificate for product still in Canada. Product no longer in Canada is not eligible for certification as the CFIA is unable to attest to the compliance of the food to any requirements.
The requirements that apply to exports across different food sectors are explained in the web links below. Refer to your food sector through the links for information specific to particular food products.
Please note that food commodity manuals are still valid and available at this time and until further notice.
- Exporting Food: A step-by-step guide
New to export? Not sure how to proceed with exporting your food? This guide introduces you to the steps you need to follow to export food from Canada.
- Checklist for Food Exporters
This checklist, based on the steps outlined in the step-by-step guide, is a useful tool when exporting food products from Canada.
- General Export Requirements
Requirements that apply to processors, stores and most exporters.
- Food Specific Export Requirements
Programs for making specific foods eligible for export certification.
- Export Requirements Library
Requirements for exporting different food products to many destination countries, including how to keep up to date on requirements.
- Export Certification
Information on export certification and types of export certificates.
- Export Registers and Lists
Lists of exporters eligible to export food
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