HOW TO IMPORT FOOD FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES
The government requires all food products imported into Brunei Darussalam (regardless if they came by land, sea or air) to be registered in order to ensure that food imported and distributed in Brunei Darussalam:
- are safe for consumption; and
However, if you are importing the food for personal use, further information can be found here.
1. Check which government agency the product is controlled by
Before importation, it is important to determine which government agency is responsible for the product.
For example, if you are importing processed foods such as sauces, spices or confectioneries, you are required to register with the FSQCD. Further information on products and commodities controlled by other government agencies can be found here.
If the product is processed food, then you can proceed with number 2.
If not, then you are advised to contact the relevant government agency for further information on their importation process.
2. Ensure that the food product complies with relevant legislation
The importer must ensure that the product complies to the relevant legislation. This includes ensuring that pre-packaged food product complies to the general labelling and advertisement requirements as stated in the Public Health (Food) Regulations, (R1, Chapter 182).
More information on food labelling and advertisement can be found here.
3. Apply for Food Import Registration
The food import registration process is a platform for authorized food officers to assess the safety and compliance of the food. This assessment is crucial in ensuring that the ingredients within the food are safe for consumption.
Further information on Food Import Registration can be found here.
4. Apply for import permit
Once registered, the importer can then declare their goods at the Royal Customs & excise Department, Ministry of Finance, for clearance.
Further information can be found here.