With the coming into force of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), from a regulatory perspective, the COS document has become obsolete. This form has been extremely useful to CFIA for inputting information, such as DRC membership number, for those companies still doing paper customs clearances instead of electronic clearances.
The Integrated Import Declaration has been updated to reflect the new SFCR changes and CFIA is asking that importers to use electronic systems for customs clearances.
For those of you still performing paper-based clearances, DRC is working with CFIA to update any required forms, but it is taking some time. We will give you more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, you may want to visit the CFIA website (www.inspection.gc.ca) and learn more about electronic customs clearances to save you time and effort.