Section 25 of the Food Safety & Standard Act, 2006, stipulates that all imports of articles of food are subject to the provisions of the Act. The procedure and requirements for import of food articles are regulated by FSS (Import) Regulations, 2017. Pdf size:( 0.98 MB)

FSSAI has its Authorised Officers at 6 locations namely Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin, Tuticorin covering 21 points of entries for ensuring compliance to the provisions of FSSA Act, 2006 and Regulations made thereunder. Further, there are another 396 locations Pdf size:( 0.65 MB) throughout the country where Customs officials have been notified as Authorised Officers by FSSAI.

FSSAI has an online system for clearance of food imports, Food Import Clearance System (FICS) external link which is seamlessly integrated with the Customs ICE-GATE (Indian Customs Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data interchange (EC/EDI) Gateway) external link under SWIFT (Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade). Selective sampling & testing of food articles on the basis of risk profiling done by FSSAI is implemented at the Customs ICEGATE.

The food articles when referred to FSSAI for clearance by the Customs Authorities are subjected to scrutiny of documents, visual inspection, sampling and testing in order to determine whether or not they conform to the safety and quality standards established and laid down under various Food Safety and Standards Regulations. If sample is found conforming then No Objection Certificate (NOC) is generated and if not conforming, then Non-Conforming Report (NCR) is generated. To know process click here

Steps of Food Import Clearance Process and Review Process

Appeal on Rejection (Review Process):

Importer can file review application with grounds of appeal in Form-6 to Director (Imports) against Non-Conforming Report issued by Authorised Officer. If Importer is not satisfied with the decision of first review, then he can file second review application with grounds of appeal in Form-6 of FSS (Import) Regulations, 2017 to CEO, FSSAI.

Resources:

Manual for Food Import Clearance System (FICS). (Uploaded on: 08.11.2017). Pdf size:( 70.82 MB)

Frequently Asked Questions on Food Import Clearance System (FICS) for Importers Pdf size:( 0.64 MB)