Port Health guidance on new fishery products health certificate

 

The new health certificate for fishery products for human consumption can be found in Regulation (EU) 2019-628 (pages 27 to 31). It is required to accompany consignments of fishery products for human consumption where the certificate was issued on or after 14th December 2019.

We have encountered some issues with health certificates in the new format accompanying consignments.

 

Health certificates produced on TRACES NT

Where the certificate is produced by the exporting country on TRACES NT, for CN codes starting 16xx there is currently no entry on the certificate to indicate whether the products are of wild origin or aquaculture.

For a commodity such as tuna then this is likely to be wild origin. However for cooked shrimps for example, the origin may not be clear. In such cases we may request an additional commercial document from the exporter clearly referencing the consignment concerned and confirming the origin.

 

Health certificates not produced on TRACES NT

Where the certificate is not produced on TRACES NT we have received many requests for advice as to how the certificate should be completed, particularly in relation to box I.25. We have therefore drafted Part 1 of the health certificate with box-by box comments based on our understanding of how certain boxes should be completed – see here.

These should be read in conjunction with the notes to the specimen certificate on pages 30 and 31 of the regulation.

Further box-by-box details of how each box should be completed can be found starting on page 16 of the regulation. These are general notes which are applicable to many different types of certificates including those for live animals.

A copy of the draft part 1 in Word format is available here.

Other layouts for box I.25, e.g. with the information present as a series of columns, may also be acceptable providing all the required information is present.

Please note that this information is provided only to assist importers and exporters to avoid problems in completing the certificate. The legal document remains that in the legislation.

 

Some other general points:

Batch numbers:

Batch (or lot) numbers identifying the product(s) being imported must be stated in box I.25. Make sure each batch number present in the consignment is stated. If there is no batch number, the date of minimum durability would be acceptable instead.

If the batch numbers appear on the packaging they must match those certified.

 

Error in public health attestation

The fishery products certificate as originally published had an error in the last bullet point of the public health attestation where it erroneously referred to ‘Articles 59 to 65’ when it should have referred to ‘Articles 67 to 71’. Please see ‘corrigendum’. Issued certificates must refer to the correct articles as per the corrigendum.

 

Animal health attestations

Where the animal health attestation does not apply, (see the notes to the certificate on page 31), the whole of section II.2 from the heading ‘Animal health attestation for fish and crustaceans of aquaculture origin’ right through to and including “‘(4) [Fish] (4) [Crustaceans] intended for human consumption in the Union’” must be deleted or removed from the certificate altogether.