Electronic phytosanitary certificates coming to My CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has a secure and convenient way to do business online. By signing up for a My CFIA profile, account holders can submit requests for a growing number of services.


Exporters will save time by applying for a phytosanitary certificate online, through My CFIA. Rather than having to drive, fax, or email an application to a local CFIA office, producers will be able to submit and pay for their service request(s) through the My CFIA portal. In addition, My CFIA users can also access the system 24/7 to track, manage, copy, and reuse their applications for future requests. Using My CFIA may also lead to applications being processed faster than applications submitted through email, mail or fax. To learn about additional benefits, view the fact sheet My CFIA: What's in it for a plant exporter like me.


In order to take advantage of online phytosanitary certificates, sign up for a My CFIA account. If you do not already have one, you can learn how to sign up so you are ready to request phytosanitary certificates this fall.


A phytosanitary certificate is an official document issued by the plant protection organization of the exporting country to the plant protection organization of the importing country. It certifies that the plants or plant products covered by the certificate have been inspected according to appropriate procedures and are considered to be free from quarantine pests and that they are considered to conform with the current phytosanitary regulations of the importing country. The phytosanitary certificate facilitates trade but it is not a trade document.


Step-by-step instructions on how to manage a My CFIA account, request services, and pay for services using My CFIA are available on the My CFIA User Guidance page. Additional guidance including instructions specific to requesting a phytosanitary certificate will be added to the page closer to release. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.


Source:  Canadian Food Inspection Agency 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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