Export Requirements by Country and Jurisdiction (N-Z)

New Caledonia

Requirements

These instructions establish and implement a procedure which will assure national uniformity in the completion and issuance of the USDC SIP Export Health certificate unique to the product and shipment to New Caledonia for computer-based certificates.

General

  • There are 3 Export Health Certificates for New Caledonia unique to the type and presentation of the fishery product:
    • New Caledonia Mollusc
    • New Caledonia Crustacean
    • New Caledonia Fish

Requests for Inspection:

Whether received by e-mail, telephone, fax or in writing, the information requested on NOAA Form 89-814, Request for Inspection Services, must be obtained from the applicant. If a written request contains the information necessary to perform the inspection, a NOAA Form 89-814 needs to be completed by SIP personnel prior to performing the inspection. The written request or NMFS-completed NOAA Form 89-814 will be filed with the file copy of the certificate as part of the permanent record.

Completing the Export Health Certificate:

The certificate is prepared by transferring to it the pertinent information taken from its accompanying request and observations made during the inspection. In the case of HACCP-QMP facility, the information will be provided by the requesting firm. All certification should be done via the NOAA SIP online certificate system. Only as an option when the system is down or unavailable is a PDF version issued. The directions below are guidance for both the system completion and the PDF certification for information required in fields located on the documents.

The certificate will be printed on official USDC watermarked paper only.

General instructions for Completion of the New Caledonia Export Health Certificates

  1. Choose appropriate Export certificate for unique product and presentation of product.
  2. Ensure specific attestations listed on certificate have been met for each consignment.

Acts and Regulations

http://www.davar.gouv.nc/portal/page/portal/davar/importations/produits_animal

New Zealand

Certification Requirements

All firms requesting an export certificate must be listed as an Approved Establishment in the USDC Seafood Inspection Program. All consignments must have been produced in an Approved Facility, have a USDC SIP Lot inspection and a USDC SIP Export Health certificate unique to the product and shipment.

Other Information

Import Permit

In addition to a US certificate, certain products require a Permit to Import, which is issued by the government of New Zealand. A Permit to Import will be granted on a single consignment basis only.

Importation of trout and trout products into New Zealand for commercial use is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to the following trout species, either dead or alive, or any product containing:

  • Brown trout (Salmo trutta)
  • Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
  • American brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
  • Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush)
  • Cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki)
  • Golden trout (Oncorhynchus aguabonita)
  • Gila trout (Oncorhynchus gilae)
  • Apache trout (Oncorhynchus apache)
  • Mexican trout (Oncorhynchus chyrsogaster)

or any hybrid of a fish listed above.

Commercial consignments of commercially packaged (non-trout) salmonids exported to New Zealand must be for direct retail sale and human consumption and require no further packaging and/or processing prior to retail sale or use in institutional trade. Commercial consignments do not require a permit to import but they must have a US certificate and must be eligible for biosecurity clearance at the New Zealand border.

The importation of salmonid products in bulk form (product which is intended to be further processed and/or packaged in New Zealand prior to retail sale or use in the institutional trade), requires a Permit to Import issued by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries.

See details on the importation of salmonids into New Zealand.

Tolerances and Guidelines

  • Mercury (total): 0.5 ppm
  • Arsenic: 1.0 ppm
  • Lead: 2.0 ppm
  • Fluorine: 10.0 ppm
  • Zinc: 40.0 ppm
  • Selenium: 2.0 ppm
  • Cadmium: 1.0 ppm
  • Tin: 150.0 ppm
  • Antimony: 1.0 ppm
  • Copper: 30.0 ppm

(These apply to fish and fish products on a fresh weight basis.)

Current applicable guidelines, standards and restrictions that can be applied to Canadian fish and fish products may be found in the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries website.

Nigeria

Acts and Regulations

Labeling requirements:

  • consignee's mark and port mark
  • containers must be numbered to correspond with numbers on invoices

Tolerances and Guidelines - None specified.

Certification Requirements - None specified.

Norway

As a country which has signed the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement, Norway has adopted the certification and import requirements in place for the European Union (EU). Consult the European Union certification requirements for certification of product exported to Norway.

Note: A current listing of the Border Inspection Posts (Box 1.16) for Norway is not readily available. Exporters should ensure through their buyer/importer that the correct Border Inspection Post is listed.

Philippines

Acts and Regulations

Prior to import, approval must be obtained from the Bureau of Fisheries and the Food and Drug Administration.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Arcadia Bldg.
860 Quezon Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila, 3008, Philippines

 

Food and Drug Administration
Rizal Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Labelling and Marking Standards:

Label must be marked in English, Spanish or Filipino, showing brand name, trade mark or trade name, physical or chemical composition, weight or measurement in metric units, name and address of packer or seller, and country of origin.

Bureau of Standards

TML Bldg.
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tolerances and Guidelines

  • Mercury (as methyl mercury): 0.5 ppm
  • Tin: 200.0 ppm
  • Lead: 0.5 ppm
  • Arsenic: 3.0 ppm

Certification Requirements - None specified.

Russia

Acts and Regulations

Product Standards:

GOSSTANDART

Joint Russian Federation State Customs Committee and State Committee of the Russian Federation for Standardization, Metrology and Certification

Importation Regulations:

Ministry of Foreign Trade
32/34 Smolenskaya – Sennaya
Moscow G–200

Tolerances or Guidelines

Mercury:

Fish (live, raw, refrigerated, frozen) viscera, minced blocks, fillets:

  • freshwater non–predatory fish, fish oil: 0.3 ppm
  • freshwater predatory fish: 0.6 ppm
  • saltwater fish, fish liver and products made of fish liver, fish flour: 0.5 ppm
  • milt, fish eggs, molluscs, crustaceans: 0.2 ppm
  • seaweed: 0.1 ppm

Certification Requirement

Effective November 10, 2010 U.S. seafood firms in the supply chain desiring to produce, pack, store, or ship fish and fishery products for export to the Russian Federation must meet the requirements of the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program to be “approved establishments” in accordance with the regulations and policies of the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program. Only establishments approved by the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program and subsequently approved by Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian food safety agency, may receive certification from NOAA for export to the Russian Federation. This export procedure is in required by Russian law and is in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding approved by United States and Russian officials; current MOU and Federal Register Notice.

Any firm requesting an export health certificate for the Russian Federation must be listed on the Russian Federation website and be an approved establishment with the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program. All operations within the supply chain for a specific lot of product being shipped to the Russian Federation, including vessels, storage warehouses, and processors, are to be approved establishments of the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program.

All supply chain points for a specific lot of product to be certified need not be listed on the Russian Federation website. However the requester of the certificate may only request certificates for products that have originated, been handled, or processed by firms that are on the List of approved establishments for SIP. One exception exists, brokers, which may be listed on the Russian Federation site are not required to be approved establishments. Brokers are still required to send products that have met all the requirements.

Firms desiring to be listed on the Russian site of approved shippers must follow the following procedures:

  • Submit your request to the nearest Seafood Inspection Program Regional Inspection Branch. When submitting the request firms must provide the full name of the firm to be listed, the CFN or FEI number, address, type of operation (broker, processor, vessel, etc.) and products to be included on the list.
  • Submission requests for inclusion on the list are collected by SIP and submitted monthly. Inclusion on the list takes a minimum of 45 days from the time it is submitted by the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program to Rosselkhoznadzor.
  • Once a firm is listed and desires a certificate, they are to contact the servicing Regional Inspection Branch for such a request. The product lot must not only originate from and be handled by approved establishments it must also be inspected either through in-plant inspection service or lot inspected. Firms must be able to provide evidence the product came through approved establishments throughout the supply chain. (Note: As we work the final elements of the MOU, we are now only requiring the product be processed by an approved establishment. The industry will be notified through this website when it is required to have all points in the chain approved.)
  • Certificates must be issued prior to shipment.

This is the information SIP has at the moment for the Russian Federation. New Russian regulations are to be in force by January 1, 2012 and at this time it does not appear as if there will be any modifications to the MOU. However there are a number of analytical tests performed by the Russian border inspection posts and at times there are issues related to these test results. SIP will investigate any positive findings and report back to the Russian Federation.

Saudi Arabia

Acts and Regulations - None specified.

Tolerances or Guidelines - None specified.

Certification Requirement - None specified.

Serbia

The Republic of Serbia has adopted the certification and import requirements in place for the European Union (EU); however, Serbia is not a member of the European Union.

Consult the European Union certification requirements for certification of product exported to Serbia.

Serbia has elected to use the EU model health certificate with public and animal health attestations. All intentions of the attestations must be met including Approved Facility listings and raw material sourcing requirements. Serbia is not a participant of the Veterinary Equivalence Agreement between the US and EU, therefore all product exported to Serbia, require physical inspection.

If the product is produced in a USDC HACCP QMP facility a Lot inspection is not required. All documentation verification must still be done for each consignment. If the product is produced in a USDC resident inspection facility or a non-contract facility, physical consignment by consignment inspection is required prior to certification.

Singapore

Acts and Regulations - None specified.

Tolerances or Guidelines - None specified.

Certification Requirements - None specified.

Sri Lanka

Acts and Regulations

An application for an import license is required for dried and salted or curried fish.

Labeling:

  • country of origin
  • consignee's mark with port mark

Tolerances or Guidelines - None specified.

Certification Requirements - None specified.

Switzerland

Switzerland has adopted the certification and import requirements in place for the European Union (EU); however, Switzerland is not a member of the European Union.

Consult the European Union certification requirements for certification of product exported to Switzerland.

NOAA SIP Guidelines for the Export of Fishery Products to EFTA Countries

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organization set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Guidance on the completion of the model health certificate for imports of fishery products intended for human consumption to EFTA countries.

The following guidance is provided to assist with the completion of the model health certificate for imports of fishery products intended for human consumption as laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005(1) as amended.

It incorporates the notes for guidance listed on the certificate itself and the explanatory notes found in Commission Decision 2007/240/EC (2).

In addition, guidance has been obtained from the texts of the international standard- setting body Codex Alimentarius. In the Guidelines for Design, Production, Issuance and Use of Generic Official Certificates (CAC/GL 38-2001(3) issued by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (4), replacement certificates are foreseen for certain administrative corrections or if the certificates were lost or damaged.

All certification should be done via the NOAA SIP online certificate system. Only as an option when the system is down or unavailable, a PDF version is used. The directions below are guidance for both the system completion and the PDF certification for information required in fields located on the documents.

Certifying officers must verify that all firms that handled, processed or stored the product and its ingredients are listed as current approved shippers to the E.U.

US Facilities should appear on both the domestic FDA List and the European Union Approved list at the following links:

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sanco/traces/output/US/FFP_US_en.pdf

http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/ImportsExports/Exporting/ucm126413.htm

Certifying  officers  should  verify  that  all  foreign  sourced  material  should  be  from manufacturing facilities listed at the following link:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/international/trade/third_en.htm

The certificate must be issued before the consignment to which it relates leaves the control of the competent authority of the country of dispatch. Therefore, the health certificate must be issued after all the products in the consignment have been produced but before the consignment leaves the country, ideally when the product leaves the dispatch establishment.

The original version of the certificate must accompany consignments on entry into EFTA country (original signature of an authorized officer, the name in capital letters, the qualification and title, and original stamp of the competent authority).

The EFTA countries have elected to use the EU model health certificate with public and animal health attestations. All intentions of the attestations must be met including Approved Facility listings and raw material sourcing requirements. EFTA countries are not participants of the Veterinary Equivalence Agreement between the US and EU, therefore all product exported to EFTA countries, requires physical inspection.

If the product is produced in a USDC HACCP QMP facility a Lot inspection is not required. All documentation verification must still be done for each consignment. If the product is produced in a USDC resident inspection facility or a non-contract facility, physical consignment by consignment inspection is required prior to certification.

Taiwan

These instructions establish and implement a procedure, which will assure national uniformity in the completion and issuance of the USDC Seafood Inspection program the Model Health Certificate for exports of fishery products/ molluscan shellfish intended for human consumption unique to the product and shipment to Taiwan. The exporter should consult with the importer on current specific requirements.

Beginning February 2018, Molluscan shellfish require an Health Certificate to enter the Taiwan. While certification is not required for fishery products other than Molluscan shellfish, if a US exported requests certification the Model Health Certificate for exports of fishery products/ molluscan shellfish intended for human consumption shall be issued.

Acts and Regulations
Labeling:

  • Country and province of origin must be declared.
  • All master cartons require a shipping mark. Please contact the importer for further details.

Tolerances and Guidelines - None specified.

Certification Requirements - None specified.

Thailand 

Acts and Regulations

Labeling (canned fishery products):

  • Labeled and marked in the Thai language showing the common name food, registration number, name and address of manufacturer, date of manufacturing, net weight of content, and any additives used.

Tolerances or Guidelines

Mercury:

0.5 ppm

Arsenic:

2.0 ppm

Copper:

20.0 ppm

Lead:

1.0 ppm

Tin:

250.0 ppm

Tin (canned products):

100.0 ppm

*Aldrin: 0.1 ppm
*BHC: 0.5 ppm
*D.D.T.: 5.0 ppm
*Dieldrin: 0.3 ppm
*Endrin: 0.3 ppm
*Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide: 0.3 ppm
*Lindane: 0.5 ppm
*Malathion: 0.6 ppm
*Parathion: 0.2 ppm

(* in fish and fish products on a fresh weight basis)

Certification Requirements - None specified.

Trinidad and Tobago

Acts and Regulations

Importers of fish (fresh, chilled or frozen) shrimp or prawns (excluding canned shrimps and prawns), and canned tuna must have an Import License.

Contacts:

Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumers Affairs
Salvatory Bldg.
Frederick Street
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone: 62-38841

Food and Drug Division
Ministry of Health

Labeling:

Outer containers:

  • consignee's mark and port mark
  • numbered unless containers can be readily identified

Food products:

  • brand name, common brand, net weight, volume, ingredients list, declaration of preservatives, food colours and imitation flavourings used.

Tolerances or Guidelines - None specified.

Certification Requirements

All fishery products must be accompanied by the origin country Export Health certificate.

Tunisia

Acts and regulations - None specified.

Tolerances or Guidelines - None specified.

Certification Requirements - None specified.

Turkey

Acts and Regulations -None Specified.

Tolerances or Guidelines - None Specified

Certification Requirements

The Republic of Turkey has elected to use the EU model health certificate with public and animal health attestations. All intentions of the attestations must be met including Approved Facility listings and raw material sourcing requirements. Republic of Turkey is not a participant of the Veterinary Equivalence Agreement between the US and EU, therefore all product exported to Republic of Turkey requires physical inspection.

If the product is produced in a USDC HACCP QMP facility a Lot inspection is not required. All documentation verification must still be done for each consignment.

If the product is produced in a USDC resident inspection facility or a non-contract facility, physical consignment by consignment inspection is required prior to certification.

US Facilities should appear on both the domestic FDA List and the European Union Approved list at the following links:

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sanco/traces/output/US/FFP_US_en.pdf

http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/ImportsExports/Exporting/ucm126413.htm

Certifying officers should verify that all foreign sourced material should be from manufacturing facilities listed at the following link:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/international/trade/third_en.htm

The certificate must be issued before the consignment to which it relates leaves the control of the competent authority of the country of dispatch. Therefore the health certificate must be issued after all the products in the consignment have been produced but before the consignment leaves the country, ideally when the product leaves the dispatch establishment.

The original version of the certificate must accompany consignments on entry into the Republic of Turkey (original signature of an authorized officer, the name in capital letters, the qualification and title, and original stamp of the competent authority).

Ukraine

Acts and regulations - None specified.

Tolerances or Guidelines - None specified.

Certification requirements

Each shipment of fish and seafood products exported to Ukraine must be accompanied by Ukraine Export Health certificate.

United Arab Emirates

Acts and Regulations - None specified.

Tolerances or Guidelines - None specified.

Certification Requirements - None specified.

Venezuela

Acts and Regulations

Labeling requirements:

  • each carton or container in the lot must be labelled with the importer's license number
  • each box or carton must have the port of destination clearly marked
  • all units of measurement, weight, length, etc., must be stated in metric on all documentation

Tolerances and Guidelines

These tolerances apply to all products either fresh or frozen:

Heavy Metals

Fish Species

Tolerance

Arsenic:

sardines, shellfish, tuna

0.1 ppm

Cadmium:

sardines, tuna

not detectable

Cadmium:

shellfish

0.1 ppm

Copper:

sardines, tuna, shellfish

0.1 ppm

Mercury:

sardines, shellfish

0.1 ppm

Mercury:

tuna

0.5 ppm

Tin:

sardines, shellfish, tuna

100.0 ppm

Certification Requirements - None specified.

Vietnam

Establishment Approval

All processors shipping product intending to enter commerce in Vietnam must be an Approved Establishment in the Seafood Inspection Program to obtain certification.

As of December 2017, MARD/DAH of Vietnam has removed all Live product processors from the Vietnam approved list. MARD/DAH has deemed Live shipments outside the scope of Circular 25 and thus no longer require listing. USDC has confirmed this during a visit to Hanoi in early December 2017. Live product processors require Approved Establishment status with USDC and accompanying Health Certification for shipment but are no longer required to be listed on the Vietnam approved list.

Firms desiring to export seafood products to Vietnam are also required to be approved by the Vietnamese authority, MARD/DAH, prior to shipment.

Certification Requirements

Once approved and listed on the MARD/DAH website firms must request an Export Health certificate from their local NOAA Fisheries Seafood Inspection Office (SIP).  Products will be lot inspected prior to certification if the firm is not a participant in the HACCP QMP program with SIP.

Brokers are not required to be on the list, only the final processor. Brokers may only ship products to Vietnam that originate from a processor on the list.

It was confirmed MARD/DAH wants the competent authority to send originals of the Appendix 3 forms for each firm requesting approval and listing. This is to be accompanied with the authority’s completion of Appendix 1 (Electronic delivery is desired but not possible at this time.). Additional information, in the form of the process flow diagram, is required for each submission.

MARD/DAH desires NOAA to inspect and certify the products being sent to Vietnam. Firms should join the Seafood Inspection Program as approved establishments. MARD/DAH requires a pre-shipment clearance process for each shipment to Vietnam. However our Program policies and procedures are understood and MARD/DAH has agreed to its terms. This means that, depending upon your level of participation in our Program, not every shipment must be lot inspected.

A certificate must accompany every shipment to Vietnam. Further the certificate must have the name of the producer on the list. The name of the producer on must be on the label. This includes the primary and shipping containers. Also the labels must be bilingual (stated in Vietnam Circular 13). It was understood product has been entering the country without this being accomplished. However at any time a shipment could be stopped for this reason.

Firms shipping product destined for reprocessing and re-export do not have to be on the SIP approved establishment or NAFIQAD lists, but a certificate is still required. The statement “Product is intended for reprocessing and re-export only.” will be entered on the certificate.

In general, for being approved as a company eligible for exports of animal products to  Vietnam by the Seafood Inspection Program, the company must provide all information  described in the Appendix 3 (attached) (be sure to include the CFN or FEI number from  FDA. The form must be signed by a representative of the company.

Send the completed Appendix 3 and an electronic version of the process flow diagrams for each of the products you want listed to Jenny.Stephenson@noaa.gov . Our agency will sign and stamp the documents and forward the hard copy to Vietnam. An email will also be sent to alert NAFIQAD the forms are on their way and they have agreed to begin processing at that point in order to minimize the time it will take to approve the listing. (If you are a broker only, you are not required to be listed.)

If there are any questions please contact Jenny Stephenson CSO HQ staff at Jenny.Stephenson@noaa.gov or 301-427-8307. Link to Appendix 3 form

Zambia 

Tolerances or Guidelines

Mercury (as methyl mercury):

tuna

0.3 ppm

 

other fish

0.2 ppm

Arsenic:

fish protein

3.5 ppm

 

other fish & fish products

5.0 ppm

Copper:

all fish & fish products

100.0 ppm

Lead:

fish protein

0.5 ppm

 

other fish & fish products

10.0 ppm

Flourine:

fish protein

150.0 ppm

 

other fish & fish products

25.0 ppm

Zinc :

all fish products

100.0 ppm

Sodium sulphite:

canned flaked tuna

300.0 ppm

Sodium tripolyphosphate:
(total added phosphate)

frozen fish fillets, lobsters, crabs, clams, shrimps

0.5%

Sodium carbonate:
(combination of sodium hexametaphosphate)

frozen fillets, lobsters, crabs, clams, shrimps

15.0%

Propyl-P-hydroxy benzoate:

used as a preservative

1000.0 ppm

Methyl-P-hydroxy benzoate:

used as a preservative

1000.0 ppm

Certification Requirements - None specified.