Importing food in India: Regulatory overview

Importing food products into India is a complex process due to strict regulations and guidelines. To help navigate this process, this brief guide provides importers with an overview of the preliminary steps to import food in India and the framework under the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

The guide covers the necessary prerequisites for importing food products, including obtaining an Import Export Code (IEC) and the required FSSAI license. It then delves into the Food Safety and Standards (Imports) Regulations, 2017, which were established to ensure the safety and quality of imported food products. It covers various topics, including labelling, testing, storage, shelf life, and obtaining clearance from the FSSAI.

Our guide provides a clear and concise overview of the regulatory requirements. It includes all the essential information, including FAQs and links to relevant portals needed to import food products and ingredients successfully. 



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*This is the obligatory fine print: this guide and other published content are not legal advice and should not be construed as such. It has been prepared for general informational purposes only, and readers are encouraged to seek professional counsel to address questions specific to their situation.

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