Upcoming Air Transportation Security Requirements on Food Exports

Effective June 30, 2021, Transport Canada will require that all food for export being transported on passenger or cargo flights go through an enhanced security check. This means products will need to be unloaded at the originating airport, x-rayed and reloaded for transport.

Some importing countries require that each final transport container be sealed by the CFIA. Under the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR), the official CFIA seal must be applied when the product leaves a federally licensed establishment.

The new protocol will also mean that the official CFIA seal applied when the product leaves its processing facility will have to be broken at the airport, and then resealed and the product reloaded for transport. Under the SFCR, the CFIA seal can only be applied by certified CFIA inspectors.

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Learn more on export requirements:

Canadian export requirements
Safe Food for Canadians Regulations: information for importers and exporters
Statistics on Canadian exports (Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance)
Food export requirements library