Canada - New regulations for food imports, exports 

November 14: Companies that import or export food products into Canada will soon be subject to new regulations that will be developed over the next 18 months.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently consulting with the food industry to help create these regulations under legislation passed in November 2012.

The CFIA recently released information on the general design of the forthcoming regulations, which will use an “outcome-based” approach when possible. This approach is based on a set of required outcomes or levels of performance (as opposed to prescriptive regulations). Outcome-based regulations will allow the CFIA and the food industry to be more flexible with new technologies and cost-saving initiatives. When an outcome-based approach to regulation is not feasible, a prescriptive and system-based approach will be used instead.

Food importers and exporters will need to be ready when these regulations take effect, to avoid having their food products held up at the border, denied entry or subject to penalties for non-compliance.

Read a November 2013 report [PDF 38 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in Canada: Food Importers and Exporters Facing New Regulations

For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich

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Andrew Siciliano

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John L. McLoughlin

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Todd R. Smith

(949) 885-5617

Luis A. Abad

(212) 954-3094

Amie Ahanchian

(202) 533-3247

Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.

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