Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated (IUU) Catch Certification

Imports of marine caught fishery products are controlled through a system of checks aimed at making sure that any fish being imported was caught legally, by fishing vessels that are properly managed by the country to which they are registered.  In order to prove that an imported consignment is compliant with these rules, it must be accompanied by a catch certificate issued by the government who manages the fishing vessel.

The The Sea Fishing (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing) Order 2009 (No. 3391) makes the checking of catch certificates at Teesport the responsibility of River Tees Port Health Authority.  Sea Fisheries officers of the Marine and Management Organisation (MMO) also have powers under the Order and Port Health work closely with them and Defra (the overall policy holder) to ensure that controls are properly applied.

From 1st January 2021, all imports of fish and fish products from the EU will need to submit catch certificates and where applicable, a processing statement. Submission of documents should be made via email, at least 3 days prior to arrival of the goods to enable endorsement of certificates and timely release of your container.

Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/importing-or-moving-fish-to-the-uk

Low risk imports are defined as;

  • EEA/EFTA country (Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands).
  • Country with a bilateral agreement with the EU for IUU purposes (USA, Canada, New Zealand), e.g. fish caught by a US fishing vessel and processed in a US approved establishment.

High risk imports are defined as;

  • fish caught by other third country fishing vessel.
  • fish from EU/bilateral/EEA/EFTA countries that have been processed in a third country (indirectly imported), e.g. fish caught by a US fishing vessel and processed in a Vietnamese approved establishment.
  • Fish caught by a vessel registered to an EU/EFTA/bilateral country and subsequently processed in another third country loses its low risk status and is charged at the higher rate.

Charges are based on the catch certificate type as described above, and are set out below.

Documentary check – low risk
1-5 certificates £24.31
6-10 certificates £48.62
11-20 certificates £72.93
21 + certificates £97.24
Documentary check – high risk
1-5 certificates £48.62
6-10 certificates £72.93
11-20 certificates £97.24
21 + certificates £121.55

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