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The Indian market is the fastest growing and most flourishing business in food products. Now, anyone can easily experience the taste of food and beverages of any nation in our local market. Since India has always been a kingdom of food, people are now appreciating and adopting the taste of other countries. In this article, we will discuss how to import food products in India.
To promote food businesses, many importers are now getting food products from other countries to fulfil the requirements of the Indian consumers. Though this business seems attractive and interesting, there are various guidelines that need to be clearly understood by importers.
FSSAI has made the procedure very operator friendly by allowing them to complete these tasks through an online portal. Under the Food Import Clearance System (FICS), an importer can get the ‘No Objection Certificate’ and can also apply for clearance of consignments from FSSAI. Failing on any parameter may lead to the rejection of a shipment.
Importers can register themselves on https://ics.fssai.gov.in and can apply for NOC and Clearance of consignments.
It is highly advisable for importers to carry six most important documents ready for their business.
Additional Documents for NOC
The importer can also apply for temporary product approval if the product’s Harmonized System (HS) Code is not in the database. Moreover, an FSSAI License for the importer has made the system hassle-free to make the process simpler for importers
The above documents might be required to be uploaded to the above portal while applying for NOC or to get consignment clearance. The whole process is well-defined to make sure that all food products are being verified and inspected before arriving in an Indian bazaar.
A person won’t be allowed to import food article that is unsafe or misbranded or substandard or if it contains any extraneous matter. No one can import food article that is in contravention of any provision of Food Safety and Standards Act or any of its rules or regulations.
The following types of food product import don’t need approval from FSSAI:
Entrepreneurs or businesses that import food products to India must be aware of these guidelines and regulations pertaining to food product import. Compliance to these is must else they would be penalized.