Check the transaction status of CFIA regulated imports and meat inspection activities
Canadian importers of food, plants or animals can now check the transaction status of imports as well as the inspection status of US, Australia and New Zealand meat import shipments.
It is available for all commodities declared via the Integrated Import Declarations (IID).
To begin, all that is needed is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) 14 digit transaction number.
For "meat only" imports, the Official Meat Inspection Certificate (OMIC) number may be used to verify inspection status of a transaction.
How to use the CFIA Shipment Tracker for Food, Plant and Animal products
To begin, enter the:
- CBSA 14 digit transaction number, or
- OMIC number
The system will display the transaction status.
For meat shipments from the US, Australia or New Zealand details related to the inspection will be displayed.
An error message could result if:
- the wrong transaction or OMIC number is entered,
- OMIC number is entered in lowercase or has dashes,
- CBSA has not yet released the shipment, or
- it is a paper transaction
To resolve the error:
- confirm the transaction number or the OMIC number
- ensure the OMIC number entered is in uppercase and no dashes
- re-enter the number after receiving the release confirmation via the Release Notification Service (RNS) code 08 from CBSA (if the CBSA has not yet released the shipment)
If multiple meat inspection statuses appear when entering a meat transaction number, it means the transaction number has been used previously to import meat products. Please verify the meat inspection status by entering the OMIC number.
Inspection status will be retained for 90 days. A search which exceeds a 90 day time frame will display:
"Inspection status not available – Shipment entered Canada more than 90 days ago"
Note: The CFIA Shipment Tracker for Food, Plant and Animal is prepared for the convenience of importers and brokers and has no official sanction. For all purposes of interpreting and applying the law, users should consult Canadian acts and regulations.
If the CFIA Shipment Tracker for Food, Plant and Animal is unavailable, contact the National Import Service Centre at 1-800-835-4486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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