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How to Request EU Export Health Certificates and Catch Documents

The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program launched a website through which current and new customers may now request health certificates and catch documents for export to the European Union (EU). The online system will streamline and simplify the process to request export certification services.

EU Export Health Certification
All requests for EU Export Health Certificates must now be submitted through the:

NOTE: These certificates must be requested and issued prior to shipment of product.

To gain access to the online request system, customers must request access from the Seafood Inspection Program and log in using a username and password to place a new request. EU IUU Catch Documents for product caught by U.S. flagged vessels on or after January 1, 2010 will be generated by the online system at the same time as the EU export health certificate.

QuestionQuestion: What information do I need to request an EU Health Certificate. I want to know more about the specific fields on the health certificate.

Instructions to Fill Out an EU Health Certificate for Fishery Products

Instructions to Fill Out an EU Health Certificate for Molluscan Shellfish

EU IUU Regulation: Catch Documentation
EU IUU catch documentation is required in order to ship wild fisheries products harvested on or after January 1, 2010 to the EU.  If product was caught in 2009 or before and shipped to the EU after January 1, 2010, the Seafood Inspection Program will issue a Harvest Date Attestation Letter to accompany product harvested before January 1, 2010 but shipped to the EU after January 1, 2010 to indicate the product is not subject to the IUU Regulation.

To ensure proper Catch Documentation, you must request one of the following:

What document do I need?

How do I request?

For product caught BEFORE January 1, 2010 and imported into the EU on or after January 1, 2010, you need:
Harvest Date Attestation Letter
Online Request System
To gain access to the online system, customers must request access from the Seafood Inspection Program and log in using a username and password to place a new request. Once you place a request, your letter will be emailed to you from the Inspection Office nearest you.
For product caught AFTER January 1, 2010 by a U.S. flagged vessels, you need:
Catch Document (for U.S. caught product exported directly to the EU or through another country and on to the EU) Online Request System
To gain access to the online system, customers must request access from the Seafood Inspection Program and log in using a username and password to place a new request. Once you place a request, your catch certificate will be emailed to you from the Inspection Office nearest you. 
For foreign product caught AFTER January 1, 2010, re-processed in the U.S., and shipped to the EU, you need:
“Annex IV” Catch Document (for foreign caught product exported through the U.S. to the EU) Download Annex IV document and submit along with the original catch document issued by the foreign government competent authority via email annex4@noaa.gov or fax to (202) 747-7604.  Once your request has been received and validated, your Annex IV document will be emailed to you from the Inspection Office nearest you. 

Question2Question: What information do I need to request an EU IUU catch document? I want to know more about the specific fields on a catch document.

Instructions to Fill out an EU IUU Catch Document

Question3Question: What is an FAO Catch Area? I want to see a map of the FAO major fishing areas before I request a certificate.

FAO Major Fishing Areas
Map of FAO Major Fishing Areas (Click on image to enlarge)

FAOcatch

Backup Procedures for EU Export Certification
In the event the Online Request System is unavailable, contact the Inspection Office nearest you.

Gloucester, MA Gloucester.Lot@noaa.gov
Fairhaven, MA Fairhaven.Lot@noaa.gov
Delmarva and DC luke.sexton@noaa.gov
New Jersey richard.cerri@noaa.gov
Philadelphia and eastern PA William.Michener@dla.mil and philadelphiapafvppb@ams.usda.gov
New York NewYork.Lot@noaa.gov
Florida and Gulf Coast Southfloridainspection@noaa.gov
West Coast incl. Alaska HaccpQmpCoordinator@noaa.gov
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