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Mar 18, 2013 10:35 AM

Transporting food in planes, across borders

So, I have a friend that's in the prefecture in Japan that produces Kobe beef (Hyogo), and travels there fairly frequently.

I'm thinking about asking him to bring a steak back for me one of these trips.

Anyone know if this is even possible? Would Canada customs allow it? Is it just a matter of declaring it, or is it not permitted? Any suggestions for how he might best transport it?

Thanks in advance, everyone!

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  1. It appears you can import beef from Japan but you need the following doc's:

    4.1. For fresh beef (chilled or frozen):

    Animal Health Import Permit, issued by the Terrestrial Animal Health Division of the CFIA** is required.

    I have no idea what that is or how you get it but it is a starting point if you want to go that route. I have a feeling that it is more trouble than it is worth to do on your own.

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    1. re: JennaBean

      Arg. Thanks Jenna. I called the CFIA and they told me that it's not possible to import beef for personal use from anywhere other than the US... without special documentation from their ministry of agriculture, blah blah blah ... which is odd, but never the less. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

      1. re: justxpete

        On paper there's a theoretical possibility that you could import beef for personal use with a health certificate from CFIA, however the red tape and process necessary to get such a certificate limit this to largeish commercial operations (basically you need to produce a bunch of documentation that proves that the animal was vet inspected by a vet acceptable to Canada before slaughter and that the meat you are trying to import can be tracked 100% back to that inspected animal, usually you need stamps or other physical tags on the meat to prove this)

        Some catch that catch 22

        I don't know why they bother to dangle the possibility out there when it's not actually possible.

    2. Nope

      Import Details for Requirement : 28371 Version : 12
      HS Description : 160250
      16 Preparations of meat, of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
      02 Other prepared or preserved meat, meat offal or blood.
      50 Of bovine animals
      OGD Extension : 552516
      5525 Beef - semi-prepared
      16 Steak
      Origin : JP
      AS Asia
      JP Japan
      End Use: 46
      46 Travellers & Personal use and not for resale or distribution

      Recommendations to CBSA/Documentation and Registration Requirements

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