CFIA updating pet food import policy

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced changes to its Pet Food Import Policy effective September 1, 2015.

These changes will be reflected in AIRS as of September 1st, 2015 and include the following:

  • Pet food and treats containing animal products and by-products from pet food manufacturing facilities in the United States will no longer require an import permit;
  • All existing Import Permits will expire on August 31st, 2015 and once expired will be rejected by EDI when transmitted electronically for CFIA/NISC’s decision recommendation;
  • As of September 1st, 2015 each shipment of pet food from the USA must be accompanied by a USDA-APHIS export certificate attesting to CFIA’s import requirements.

Importers are encouraged to contact their exporters and pet food manufacturers in the USA in order to obtain this certification from their local USDA-APHIS veterinary services office.

Please note: Import Permits will continue to be required for the following commodities from the USA:

  • Raw pet diets containing animal products and by-products that are not heat-treated/shelf stable;
  • Pet food and diets containing animal products and by-products, imported for use in laboratories, as samples for analysis, research and/or diet trials; and
  • Supplements, vitamins and minerals for pets.


Questions can be directed to:

CFIA Animal Import Export Division

Animal Products and By-Products Section