The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), established in 2006, handles all the food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI License is mandatory for all the Food Business Operators. Though headquarters at New Delhi, FSSAI authority has six regional offices located in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, and Cochin.
The FSSAI License number is a 14-digit number and it takes almost two months for the application of Food License and also to get a license. One of the best parts of making food license presently is that the applicants who are willing to get the license for starting their businesses can apply it online by sitting at the comfort of their home and need not to travel much.
FSSAI is the regulatory organisation controlling authority for importing food products in India. The FSSAI sets the regulations for the import of food products in India. Besides, the guidelines set by the FSSAI no food products can be imported to India. If the food products imported to India are not as per the FSSAI regulations the food products get rejected.
Moreover, as per the regulations and procedures of the FSSAI relating to the import of food products the businesses that import food products to India need to be aware. There are other organisations present in India who work together along with the FSSAI that work towards food security and they are: Department for Plant Quarantine Organisation, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Department of Consumer Affairs, Department of Animal Husbandry.
The Registration and License required to import food products in India are:
- Company’s registration.
- VAT registration.
- Code of Import and Export.
- Bill of entry.
- Products approval from FSSAI.
- Import permit.
- Sanitary import permit.
- Certification of Origin.
- Sanitary import permit.
- Bill of entry etc.
The different ways to import food products in India are discussed below:
- Custom clearance.
- Applying for FSSAI clearance.
- Inspection and sampling of the consignment.
- Approval of food products into India.
For importing food products in India, one must need to get the export import code. Besides, the government of India has set some rules as well as regulations for importing food products from other countries so that the quality can be checked for consumption in the market of India. A food business operator gets approval for importing products after he gets the IE Code and an FSSAI License. Only after getting a clearance certificate (NOC) from the FSSAI the final settlement of the products will be received.