The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program offers export certification services to facilitate exports of seafood products that meet the unique requirements of each importing country, and any other specific industry buyer criteria.
NOAA Fisheries represents the United States in negotiations with other countries regarding their import requirements for seafood products from the United States. These negotiations frequently include the development and modification of certificates to accompany U.S. seafood exports. NOAA Fisheries is the Competent Authority which can issue and sign these certificates in the United States.
If foreign border inspection posts raise questions about a certificate issued by the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program, NOAA will attest to the legitimacy of the certificate and make an effort to answer any questions. NOAA may act as a go-between for communication between the exporting industry and importing authority to quickly address issues that arise when a product is detained from entry. Detentions related to export certificates may arise from simple language translation, varying interpretations of regulations in the importing country, or issues not related to seafood safety.
NOTE: These certificates must be requested and issued prior to shipment of product.
Export Certification to the European Union (EU)
The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program certifies U.S. seafood products for export to the European Union. Instructions and requirements are available for both export health certification and IUU catch documentation required for export to EU Member Countries.
*Important Note: If products are first being exported to a non-EU country but will subsequently be exported to the EU, they MUST be accompanied by an IUU catch document.
Export Certification to non-EU countries
The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program certifies U.S. seafood products for export to any country requiring health certification. Country specific instructions and requirements are available for export to all non-EU countries.
Certificate RequestsContact the nearest regional inspection office to request a certificate.
U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA Fisheries • 1315 East West Highway • Silver Spring, MD 20910 • Phone (301) 427-8300 • Toll Free (800) 422-2750
- NOAA Inspection Manual
- Inspection & Analytical Services Fees
- Consumer Tips
- Certificate Validation
- "An informed society that has confidence in the seafood that they purchase, sell and consume today and in the future."
- To ensure the safety and quality as well as enhance the marketability and sustainability of seafood products for the benefit of the American consumer by providing science based inspection services to the seafood industry.