Operational procedure: Issuing an export certificate for processed fruit or vegetable products, or maple products
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- 1.0 Purpose
- 2.0 Authorities
- 3.0 Reference documents
- 4.0 Definitions
- 5.0 Acronyms
- 6.0 Operational procedure
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspection staff on issuing export certificates for processed fruit or vegetable products, or maple products intended for human consumption.
The guidance outlined below should be used when an inspector receives an application for an export certificate at the local CFIA office from an exporter and the Digital Service Delivery Platform (DSDP) is not accessible to the inspector (for example, DSDP is down or offline) or until such time the certificate is available in DSDP.
This document is intended to be used in conjunction with other guidance documents referenced in section 3.0.
- Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA), 48
- Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), 17
The inspection powers, control actions and enforcement actions authorized by the above legislation are identified and explained in the Operational guideline – Food regulatory response guidelines
3.0 Reference documents
- Industry guidance – Food exports
- Industry guidance – Exporting Food: A step-by-step guide
- Industry guidance – Food export requirements library
- Industry guidance – Guide for preparing an Export Certification Control Program (ECCP) plan
- Standard Inspection Process (SIP)
- Food export certificate application request (internal access only - RDIMS 11409529)
- Export certification inspection task tables (internal access only)
- Operational procedure – Replacing export certificates for food
- Operational procedure – Processed product grade verification
- Operational procedure – Maple syrup grade verification
- Operational guideline – Interim guidance on entering food commodity inspection data into DSDP (internal access only - RDIMS 12369415)
- Operational guideline – Guidance on the purchase, use, control and decommissioning of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency official export certificate stamp (OECS)OG/OO-20150831 (internal access only – RDIMS 12181558)
- Canadian Standards of Identity Volume 4 – Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products
- Canadian Grade Compendium Volume 3 – Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products
- Canadian Standards of Identity Volume 6 – Maple products
- Canadian Grade Compendium Volume 7 – Maple syrup
Unless specified below, definitions are located in either the:
Acronyms are spelled out the first time they are used in this document and are consolidated in the Food business line acronyms list.
6.0 Operational procedure
6.1 Receipt of an application
6.1.1 The Food export certificate application request (internal access only - RDIMS 11409529) document is to be provided to the exporter for them to complete and submit to the CFIA for export certification requests. Upon receipt of a Food export certificate application request, inspectors must ensure that the exporter meets the regulatory requirements:
- holds a valid licence [17(2), SFCR]
- has a written Preventive Control Plan (PCP) [86(2), SFCR]
As indicated on the CFIA Food exports page, exporters are responsible to verify and meet the import requirements of the destination country. Documentation of import requirements as issued by the competent authority of the importing country is to be maintained by the exporter for at least 2 years [16(2), SFCR]. When no requirements are available, exporters can export at their own commercial risk.
6.1.2 If a request is received to sign a document that is not already identified in the Export certification inspection task tables (internal access only), please contact the Operational Guidance and Expertise (OGE) through the established communicationpathways to ensure that the statements contained in the proposed document accurately reflect the public health status in Canada.
6.1.3 Processed fruit or vegetable products, or maple products must have been processed and graded in an establishment licensed with the CFIA. The exported products are to meet the Canadian Standard of Identity to be eligible for export and the Canadian Grade Compendium (if applicable). Only maple syrup meeting the Canada Process Grade standard or higher is eligible to be exported.
6.2 Reviewing the application
The inspector will review the completed Food export certificate application request which is recommended to be submitted a minimum of 48 hours prior to loading to allow time for document verification and product inspection (under review).
The inspector will verify that the application request is completed correctly and includes the requested date of inspection.
For shipments of maple syrup, the following information must also be included on the Food export certificate application form:
- provincial seal number (if necessary)
- number and size of cases or barrels
- name of producer for each barrel
- for bulk shipments, all barrels presented for inspection are to be described (barrel number)
If this information is not provided, export certification will be refused.
6.3 Processing the export certificate
6.3.1 Before issuing an export certificate, the inspector must review if there are any negotiated or identified requirements for the country of destination and if there are any inspection tasks to be conducted as listed in the respective Export certification inspection task tables (internal access only), and determine if the consignment meets these requirements. The identified additional tasks that are completed in support of an export certificate are stored in DSDP as per the Interim guidance on entering food commodity inspection data into DSDP (internal access only - RDIMS 12369415).
6.3.2 Before issuing an export certificate, the lot must be inspected and graded according to the Operational procedure: Processed product grade verification or Maple syrup grade verification. If the product inspection is not satisfactory, do not issue an export certificate. Instead, enter the results into the appropriate inspection database to document inspection findings. Provide a copy to the applicant. Follow up with appropriate compliance and enforcement action.
6.3.3 When the inspector is satisfied that the applicant and the consignment meet the requirements and has reviewed and determined that the information submitted by the applicant is acceptable, the inspector will generate the applicable export certificate as indicated on the Export certification inspection task tables (internal access only).
The Export Certificate – Processed fruits and vegetables, honey and maple products (internal access only CFIA/ACIA 2659) is populated by the inspector with the following information:
|Export certificate field||Description|
may be the operator/owner of a licenced establishment, exporter, broker or legal agent
applicant's mailing address
common name of the product
as per the Canadian Grade Compendium Volume 7 – Maple syrup
brand name as declared on the label
inspected lot code(s) or production sale(s) examined to identify the inspection lot
|No. of cases||
total number of cases to be exported
|Size and no. of containers per case||
container size(s) inspected and the number of containers per case
|Registration no.||establishment identification (ID) number (former registration number)|
identifying marks not already captured on the export certificate (for example, trailer seal number, pallet code, barrel marking)
name of the company accepting possession of the product
name of the transporter
6.4 Issuing the certificate
Export certificates cannot be issued for any shipments that have already left Canada.
6.4.1 All certificates must be signed in blue ink, and stamped using red ink. The export certificate must be signed by the inspector who performed the product inspection and must bear the date (YYYY-MM-DD) the export certificate was signed. The stamp is to be applied to an area that does not obscure any pertinent information.
The CFIA will issue one original document with a unique certificate number for each request made by the applicant.
The original document must carry the official CFIA red stamp in the area indicated to that effect. The stamp used for the certificate must be in the format as per the Operational guideline: Guidance on the purchase, use, control and decommissioning of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency official export certificate stamp (OECS)OG/OO-20150831 (internal access only – RDIMS 12181558).
6.4.2 Until DSDP is used for the issuance of processed fruit and vegetable or maple products export certificates, the certificates are tracked using the system in use currently. Until the use of DSDP has been established, each office must keep a log of export documents issued. There is no standard format but this log must include the tombstone information of the product being exported.
Once DSDP is fully functional, export cases will be created for the certificates, and the issued certificates will be uploaded into the export case.
Currently when an inspector issues a certificate, all documentation related to this certificate must be kept on file at the local CFIA office or within DSDP. This includes, but is not limited to:
- a copy of the original certificate, a replacement certificate, or any other documents used to issue the certificate
- any correspondence from the exporter applying for a certificate
- a copy of inspection results, if applicable
6.5 Replacement of issued certificate
For the procedure to issue a replacement certificate, please refer to the Operational Procedure – Replacing export certificates for food.
For general inquiries related to this operational guidance document, please follow established communication channels, including submitting an electronic Request for Action Form (e-RAF).
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