Information for Exporters

Any export of fish or fishery products to a third country (i.e. a country that is not an EU Member State) must be accompanied by a catch certificate validated by the SFPA if so requested by the country of destination.

However

EC catches exported to a third country and re-exported to the EC, following processing have to be accompanied by a catch certificate, as the scheme does apply to all unprocesed and processed products imported into the EC irrespective of the nationality of the fishing vessel responsible for the catch.

Any Exporter, or someone acting on their behalf (e.g. a forwarding agent), should download a blank Catch Certificate and complete Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (if applicable), 8 and 10.

Catch Certificates should be raised by the Exporter in relation to a consignment of fish for export and not for an individual landing of fish, unless the single landing of fish in itself constituts a single consignment.

A consignment can be made of:

  • single species from a single vessel with either a single or multiple landing dates and/or fishing areas
    • (Exporter completes a Catch Certificate only)

OR

  •  multiple species from a single vessel with either a single or multiple landing dates and/or fishing areas
  • (Exporter completes a Catch Certificate and an accompanying Schedule)

OR

 single species from multiple vessels with multiple landing dates and/or fishing areas

  • (Exporter completes a Catch Certificate and an accompanying Schedule)

Notes on Completing a Catch Certificate and Schedule

When completing a Catch Certificate and Schedule (if required) please note the following in Section 3:

  • Species must be the scientific name and not a local name
    • e.g. NOT Horse Mackerel or Scad, by Trachurus trachurus
  • The Product Code must be the correct 8-digit CN Code taken from either Chapter 3 or Headings 1604 and 1605 of the Combined Nomenclature; and NOT an internal product code used by your company / organisation.
  • The Estimated Live Weight to be Landed (KG) is the weight of the consignment and not the Live Weight (e.g. Prawns that have been tailed).  Where a landing has been subject to an inspection that included the weighing of the fish, the Estimated Live Weight will be completed by the master/representative and the Sea-Fisheries Protection Officer present during the inspection will complete the Verified Live Weight collumn.
    • See also the SFPA Guidance Document: "IUU Guide for Exporters in Third Countries - Weights & Product Codes".

Getting your Catch Certificate Validated:

When ready, send the original Catch Certificate (and Schedule, if applicable) to your local port office for Validation.  A Sea-Fisheries Protection Officer will complete the necessary checks for Validation in accordance with the IUU Regulations and once satisfied they will Validate the Certificate and send the original back to the Exporter or Agent.

This Certificate should then be forwarded to the Importer so they can liaise with the Competent Authority at the point of entry at the final destinatation (e.g. Border Inspection Post).

Further Information for Exporters:

Guidance Notes have been published for Exporters taking you through the necessary steps for Validation of your Catch Certificate(s) by the SFPA.  These can be downloaded, along with Document Templates, using the links below:

Guidance Notes:

Document Templates:

If you have any further questions that cannot be answered from these pages or the Guidance Documents, please do contact us via e-mail or phone:

e-mail: iuuoffice@sfpa.ie

phone: +353 (0)23 88 59300 and ask to be put through to the IUU Office.

alternative phone: +353 (0)86 040 2379

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