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FSSAI Registration for Amazon Sellers: Underlining the Legalities

calendar07 Jun, 2021
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FSSAIRegistration for Amazon Sellers:

Amazon is a US-based trillion-dollar company. Apart from having an unprecedented footprint in the e-commerce regime, this American giant is also catering to various business domains such as digital streaming, cloud computing, & artificial intelligence. It has earned the tag of a Big Four technology along with the likes of Apple, Facebook, and Google. This write-up will make you familiar with the legalities related to the FSSAI registration for amazon sellers.

Key takeaway regarding FSSAI registration for amazon sellers

  • Partner business firms seeking enrolment on Amazon online platform are mandated to obtain FSSAI-Food safety license Registration. The truancy of such a license would mitigate any chance of registration on the Amazon platform.
  • A separate FSSAI registration in the retailer’s category would be required if the company has access to Amazon warehouse for sparing their food items. Such a license must enclose the address of Amazon’s warehouse instead of the applicant’s business address.
  • Food business operators (FBOs) like small to medium-sized manufacturers, Retailers, Transporters, Distributors, Marketers, etc are liable to stay in line with FSSAI norms and avail FSSAI registration.

Basic FSSAI Registration for amazon sellers

As the name suggests, the basic FSSAI license caters to those individuals or companies that have annual turnover below Rs 12 lakhs. The applicant must file an online application on the FSSAI’s portal to avail of this license. After the submission of the web-based form and requested documents, the concerned authority will scrutinize the same for authenticity. The authority may revoke the application after finding any loopholes.

After surpassing the said threshold limit, the company has to switch over to the higher license, i.e. FSSAI State license. The validity of such a license varies from 1 to 5 years.

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Documents to be arranged by amazon sellers for Basic FSSAI Registration

  • Authorized person address proof
  • Passport size photo
  • Business name and address
  • Fssai declaration form
  • Nature of business details

Conditions to be Met by Amazon Sellers to Get a State FSSAI License Registration

Unlike Basic registration, the criterion for getting the State FSSAI License Registration is a bit different. Here the threshold of annual turnover is kept between  Rs.12 lakhs to 20 crores. The companies that fit this threshold can apply for the State FSSAI License Registration.

Keep in mind that FSSAI registration covers every entity in a food supply chain. Any entity that directly or indirectly influences the supply chain of food has to hold a relevant FSSAI license without any second thought. That’s means as long as the company is connected with the food business regardless of the degree of involvement, it has to comply with the FSSAI act and hold the relevant FSSAI license.

Listicle of important documentation for the State FSSAI License

  • Rental Agreement for the proposed business site
  • The ID of the person who owns the company (Aadhaar Card / DL/ Passport / Voter ID)
  • Government registration such as COI, Partnership deed, Trade license, Firm registration, and PAN card.
  • AOA and MOA If the applicant belong to the private or partnership-based company 
  • Municipality License
  • Panchayath License
  • Nature of Business.
  • FSSAI declaration form

The manufacturer and re-packer, on the other hand, are required to furnish the following documents.

  • Manufacturing unit photos
  • Detailed schematic of the plants, highlight all possible areas.
  • Machinery details available within the facility on the company’s letterhead.
  • Power generation detail of the plant
  • Details regarding the food items processed by the business owners.

Type of documents to be furnished for Central FSSAI License Registration

This is the top-tier FSSAI license accessible to those entities whose annual turnover is above 20 crores. Of course, this license covers bigger enterprises and establishments compared to basic and state licenses. The FSSAI portal provides ease of simplified filing. Unlike previous days when applicants have to wait for months to sanctioned their request, the online filing is precise and less time-consuming.

Listicle of Documentations required for FSSAI Central License

  • Rental Agreement for the proposed business site
  • The ID of the person who owns the company (Aadhaar Card / DL/ Passport / Voter ID)
  • Government registration such as COI, Partnership deed, Trade license, Firm registration, and PAN card.
  • AOA and MOA If the applicant belong to the private or partnership-based company 
  • IE Code (Import-Export Code) Certificate.(for the category of export & import IE code is vital)
  • Authority letter printed on the company letterhead stating that the applicant is authorized to file an FSSAI application.
  • List of food categories.

Those who are applying under the manufacturing category need to provide the following documents.

  • Manufacturing unit photos
  • Detailed schematic of the plants, highlight all possible areas.
  • Machinery details available within the facility on the company’s letterhead.
  • Power generation detail of the plant
  • Details regarding the food items processed by the business owners.
  • Water test report in case you are dealing with a mineral water plant.

What are the Penalties under the FSSAI Act?

Sl.No Particulars Fine (INR)
1 Underwhelming food quality 2 Lakh Petty manufacturer – 25,000/-
2 Sub-standard or mediocre food 5 Lakh
3 Misbranded Food 3 Lakh
4 Falsified advertisement 10 Lakh
5 Hazardous matter in food 1 Lakh
6 Non-compliance with Food safety officer direction 2 Lakh
7 Unhygienic processing or manufacture 1 Lakh

Conclusion

Working as an Amazon[1] seller brings a heap of benefits for the individual in terms of revenue generation and market exposure. But in order to be an Amazon’s authorized partner, FSSAI registration is something that one has to considered at all cost. Correct documentation is key to a successful registration process. Thus, it is advisable to double-check the aforesaid documents before uploading them to the portal as it will lessen the chances of cancellation. Talk to CorpBiz’s experts in case you seek professional-grade assistance on the same.

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