Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)
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As of January 1, 2022, there will be updates to the Harmonized System (HS) code structure as a result of recent changes announced by the World Customs Organization. Please review the 2022 HS Code structure table for updates to avoid shipment disruptions. For more information, refer to the Fact Sheet on Harmonized System Updates.
The Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) shows the import requirements for Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulated commodities.
Access the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) (opens in new window) and follow the series of drop down options that include:
- the Harmonized System (HS) classification
- end use and miscellaneous qualifiers pertaining to the commodity for import
What to consider when using AIRS:
- importers should consult Acts as passed by Parliament to interpret and apply the law
- AIRS is only for reference
- AIRS information is updated frequently
- importers are responsible to ensure their information is accurate at the time of importation
Requesting import permits through My CFIA
Once you've accessed AIRS and determined that you require a permit to import, it can be requested through the agency's online service portal, My CFIA. By signing up for a My CFIA account, you can submit a new service request, track the status of your application and pay for the service online. A list of online services currently available can be found on the agency's website.
If you do not have access to My CFIA, a completed application can also be faxed or mailed to CFIA, Centre of Administration (CoA).
AIRS codes and registration types
2022 World Customs Organization changes effecting the Harmonized System (HS) codes in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) and Other Government Departments (OGD) extensions
The CFIA is updating its systems to reflect the soon to be updated Harmonized System (HS) code structure coming into effect January 1, 2022. Importers and/or brokers who use the HS codes in AIRS should review the following lists that identify newly added or deleted HS codes.
Please note these lists are for reference only. Please use the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) and/or the AIRS Verification Tool (AVS) to verify that only valid HS codes are being used once published on January 1, 2022.
AIRS Verification Service
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