Since the DRC opened for business nearly twenty years ago, members have been primarily North American-based, however, over time, membership has expanded to include 17 countries. Today DRC enjoys an increasing global presence and steps to further expand and grow membership.
A 2018 presence at Fruit Attraction in Spain and upcoming participation in the Canadian Pavilion at Fruit Logistica (Berlin) combined with new and refreshed outreach tools targeting non-Canadian prospective membership are being rolled out. Keeping Trade on Track and a comprehensive Exporting to Canada Q&A are now available. Keeping in mind that the best transactions are those to which both parties are DRC members we encourage you to share the information with non-DRC buyers.
Canadians subject to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are required by regulation to hold a DRC membership unless the person is expressly excepted by the regulation. Certain non-resident importers (NRIs) are also required to secure a DRC membership.
In addition to fulfilling a regulatory requirement for those subject to the SFCR, DRC membership is an important risk mitigation tool and provides specialized business-to-business commercial dispute resolution: protection and compliance.