All animal, plant and food establishments must be registered with BAHFSA in order to obtain a business license. Part of the registration process is an annual inspection. Contact BAHFSA to arrange for your inspection.

BAHFSA eInspection Portal


In order to access the Bahamian market, commercial agricultural products require permits and certification. BAHFSA is pleased to modernize the Agricultural Health and Food Safety System by developing its state-of-the-art e-permitting services. Currently we are providing the public e-phytosanitary services with e-sanitary services rolling out later on in 2024.

ePermitting for Imports

Beginning in 2024, all commercial agricultural products will require ePermits prior to importation. BAHFSA will be launching its state-of-the-art ePermitting services later on in 2024 so stay tuned!

ePermitting for Exports

Before exporting plants and plant based items, you need to apply for an e-phytosanitary certificate through the BAHFSA e-phyto exchange portal

Click here to pay for ephyto.

ePhyto is short for “electronic phytosanitary certificate”. Phytosanitary certificates are used to attest that consignments of plants, plant products or other regulated articles meet phytosanitary import requirements. Phytosanitary certification is provided as a service to exporters/traders based on the phytosanitary requirements of foreign countries. When exporting plants, plant products and other regulated articles from The Bahamas to another country, you are required to obtain an ePhyto from BAHFSA. This electronic exchange between countries makes trade safer, faster and cheaper. More information can be obtained here.


BAHFSA has several trainings throughout the year so stay tuned for announcements on our social media and website. We are also developing a training institute so look out for announcements on the BAHFSA Institute!

Trade Facilitation

Need to access foreign markets? BAHFSA facilitates trade by conducting risk assessments, offering access to international import requirements, and negotiating bilaterally on behalf of exporters.


BAHFSA is improving diagnostic capacity in country, we will be providing more information on this later in 2024!