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China (People's Republic of) - Export requirements for fish and seafood

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Eligible/ineligible product

Eligible

Ineligible

Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country

Products

Establishments

Product specifications

Maximum levels for chemical contaminants

Maximum levels for therapeutants and antibiotics

Item Products Maximum level
Crystal violet (and Leucocrystal violet) Aquaculture and wild caught fresh water fish None detected
Malachite Green (and Leucomalachite Green) Aquaculture and wild caught fresh water fish None detected
Terramycin Not specified 0.1 mg/kg muscle (1 mg/kg = 1 ppm)

Documentation requirements

Certificate

Note

Exporters are responsible for ensuring that the establishment is eligible to ship the products being certified. Exporters will do this by checking the Remarks section for the listed establishment to ensure that it includes "A" or "BMS" as required. Exporters should contact their local CFIA office to request an update if they want to ship these products and the information is missing from the published list.

  1. For fresh and frozen products including bivalve molluscan shellfish:

    Health Certificate for Fishery products intended for export from Canada to the People's Republic of China (CFIA/ACIA 5328)

    The following information must be included on the certificate:

    • the appropriate CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) operational area, that is to say, Atlantic Canada, Quebec Canada, Ontario Canada, or Western Canada, under Section 11(2). Origin of fishery products, "Production Place"
    • for all caught fish, the name and registration or licence numberFootnote 1 of one of the fishing vessels used to harvest the fish as well as the FAO fishing area
    • for all aquacultured fish, the name and address of one of the fish farms where the fish were raised
    • under Section II(2): Origin of the fishery products, "Name(s), registration/licence number(s) and address(es) of all producing and processing enterprise(s), factory vessel(s), cold store(s) or freezer vessel(s) registered by the CFIA for export to the People's Republic of China".
      • For example, if a product was processed at one establishment and then stored at a cold store, both facilities would need to be identified on the certificate.
  2. For live product, including live bivalve molluscan shellfish:

    Origin and Hygiene Certificate for live fish intended for export for human consumption from Canada to the People's Republic of China (CFIA/ACIA 5584)

    The following information must be included on the certificate:

    • for all live bivalve molluscs, the fishing area and the harvest area under Section 11(2). "Origin of the fishery products, in the space under the heading "Fishing Region". For Canadian harvest areas, the harvest areas as they appear on the List of Canadian commercial bivalve harvest areas must be indicated.
    • for live crab harvested in FAO Area 67, the sub-area under Section 11(2). "Origin of the fishery products", in the space under the heading "Fishing Region". For example, instead of FAO Area 67, indicate FAO Area 67 (British Columbia, Oregon, Washington or Alaska).
    • under Section II(2): Origin of the fishery products "Name(s), registration/licence number(s) and address(es) of all applicable producing and processing enterprise(s), factory vessel(s), cold store(s) or freezer vessel(s) registered by the CFIA for export to the People's Republic of China".
      • For example, if a product was processed at one establishment and then stored at a cold store, then both facilities would need to be identified on the certificate.

Other information

Further information on import requirements can be obtained from the General Administrations of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC).

Appendix A - Request for addition to the list of eligible countries (areas) and aquatic products approved for exporting to China

Common name Scientific name Class Order Family Genus Species Processing method Production method
(wild or culture)
Territorial waters
(sea water or fresh water)
Country of origin Estimated annual production in Canada (tonnes) Estimated annual shipment to China (tonnes)

Appendix B - Request for addition to the list of Canadian establishments approved for export to the People's Republic of China

Unique establishment identifier SFCR licence number Legal business name (establishment or vessel name - if applicable) Physical site address City/ County Province Product types(s) Table Note 2 Processing method(s) Table Note 3 Establishment type Table Note 4
(PP, FV, ZV, CS)
Remarks Table Note 5
(A, BMS)

Table Notes

Table Note 2

Product types:

  • fish
  • crustacean
  • mollusca
  • echinoderm
  • fish oil
  • shrimp oil
  • other (specify)

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Table Note 3

Processing method(s) of each product type:

  • frozen
  • chilled
  • dried
  • salted
  • smoked
  • other (specify)

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Table Note 4

Establishment types:
PP = Processing Plant
FV = Factory Vessel
ZV = Freezing vessel or transporting vessel
CS = Cold Storage

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Table Note 5

Remarks:
A = aquaculture product included
BMS = bivalve molluscs included

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