You may be thinking about becoming a non-resident importer (NRI) if you shipping to Canada or maybe your customer wants you to be the importer of record for shipments going to them in Canada. It is important to know as of January 15, 2019, the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations come into effect which will impact the way non-resident importers currently export to Canada. For the purposes of this article we will ignore tax and valuation components and leave that for another article from an expert guest writer. For now, let’s just worry about what it means from a DRC and SFCR perspective.
The CFIA defines a non-resident importer is a person importing food into Canada whose fixed place of business is located in a country other than Canada. Starting January 15th, 2019 in order to be an NRI for fresh fruits and vegetables, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is going to apply four main conditions:
Look for our follow-up article, where we plan to have a guest writer inform us on calculating valuations for tax purposes on both pre-sold and un-sold goods entering Canada via an NRI.