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Know the Difference Between a CBSA and a CFIA Release

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Type: In-class seminar
Name: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Place: Pacific Customs Brokers, 17637 1st Avenue, Surrey, BC
Presenter: Gloria Terhaar
Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm PT
Fee: $97 CAD plus GST (per attendee) *Discounted fee of $157 if combined with FDA.

Clearing regulated products into Canada can become more challenging if you do not know how the interaction between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) works. In this seminar we will review what is required by the CFIA, the entry process at the border and the different reviews a shipment may undergo before release. Shipments of CFIA regulated goods cross the border and get delivered daily; however, customs cautions that this does not confirm a shipment's 'Released' status by the CFIA. If you import regulated goods in both directions of the border, stay the full day to learn about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and receive a discounted fee.

CFIA Regulated Goods and Industries

Seafood, produce, grocery, meat, wood and lumber, horticulture, livestock, animal feed and drugs, pet food, vitamins and supplements.

Topics Include

  • Acts and regulations
  • Licensing, imports and permits
  • Documentation requirements
  • Wood Packaging - Canada and USA
  • The customs release process
  • Interaction between CBSA and CFIA
  • Monetary penalties
  • Surviving a customs audit

Attendee Comments

 "Exceeded in clarifying customs compliance and CFIA regulations for pet food importation."   - B. Chen, Import Manager & Buyer, Lucid Distributors Inc.

 "Exceeded all my expectations. Thank you!"   - E. Vadeanu, Procurement Manager, Freybe Gourmet Foods

Who Should Attend

Owners, Managers, Supervisors, Coordinators and Logistics staff of companies:

  • Importing CFIA regulated goods
  • Under review by CBSA and/or CFIA
  • With newly hired staff
  • Anyone involved in the Canadian import process

Additional Resources

Have questions or comments about this course? Call 888.538.1566 or email us today.

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