To comply with standard operating procedure for imports

  • Act/Rule/Legislation

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  • Initial Setup or Ongoing Maintenance

    Ongoing compliance requirement

  • Filing and Maintenance Requirements

    The FSSAI has developed its Standard Operating Procedures (SoP), detailing the step-by-step processes for clearance of food imports.

    Pre - requisites for imports are as under:
    The Importer shall possess:
    (i) a valid FSSAI Import License;
    (ii) a valid Importer Exporter Code (IE code) issued by Directorate General
    of Foreign Trade (DGFT);
    (iii) Product Approval (if the product proposed to be imported is nonstandardised
    i.e. it is not in conformity with the food standards
    prescribed under the FSS Act and regulations thereunder);
    (iv) The Importing FBO submits an Authority Letter in favour of a Customs
    Handling Agent (CHA) to the FSSAI/ Authorised officer, if he chooses to
    handle his imports through a CHA.

  • Penalty

    If a food business operator or importer without reasonable ground, fails to comply
    with the requirements of this Act or the rules or regulations or orders issued thereunder, as
    directed by the Food Safety Officer, he shall be liable to a penalty which may extend to two
    lakh rupees.

  • Application Guidelines / Responsible Persons / Comments

    Not relevant