Food and Drink

Customs brokerage for food and alcohol

The food industry has its share of complications when it comes to importing goods into Canada. Food safety is a prevailing concern, and the list of rules and constraints gets longer every year.

If your company wishes to import or distribute food products in Canada or export them to the United States, it must navigate a labyrinth of regulations. W2C is here to guide you every step of the way.

Importing wine and alcohol requires careful consideration

Importing alcohol (beer, wine and spirits) varies in each Canadian province. In Quebec, for the import of wine, W2C will require the number of bottles, wine type (red, white, rosé), bottle size and alcohol percentage to obtain a permit from the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ).

In the United States, you must have your label approved and obtain a permit before exporting your product. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is the American authority that approves labels and issues permits to importers. Label requirements vary by bottle size and product type (beer, wine or spirits).

Making sure your products don’t just sit on ice . . .

W2C is the perfect partner to help you import your products. Our team of technical experts can assist and inform you about the requirements of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Fisheries and Oceans Canada as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Food products often require rigorous monitoring. In many cases, importers must provide the CBSA and CFIA with additional information on the cold chain and perishability of the commodity. Certain products call for controlled labelling, import permits and, sometimes, the use of an authorized sufferance warehouse in Canada.

The W2C team has a heightened sense of urgency and attention to detail so that you are kept updated throughout the entire import process of your food products. To avoid any problems at the border, be sure to consult the W2C customs brokerage specialists before importing your goods.

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