Ukraine - Export requirements for fish and seafood
- Frozen fish products
- Live crustaceans and their non-frozen products
- Products not specified above
Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country
- To be eligible to export fish and seafood products to Ukraine, establishments must appear on the appropriate establishment list administered by Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG-SANTE). The lists pertinent to fish and seafood are available on the EU website for Third Country Establishments List per Country. Please click on "Canada" to see the following associated documents:
Section VII: Live bivalve molluscs – PDF (173 kb)
For exporting live, frozen or processed bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates or marine gastropods (excluding the adductor muscle of Pectinidae [scallops]).
Live products must come from a harvest area that also appears on this list. Harvest area(s) must be indicated on the EU health certificate exactly as they appear on the list.
- Section VIII: Fishery products – PDF (168 kb) For exporting all other fish and seafood products not included in the other three EU fish lists, including the adductor muscle of Pectinidae (scallops).
- Cold storage warehouses storing and handling fish and seafood products as part of the supply chain for export to the EU are also required to be on the appropriate EU lists.
- DG-SANTE has added the letter "F" as a suffix to the registration number of certain registered fish processing establishments appearing on the list of Canadian exporters approved for the EU. This was necessary because these fish processing establishments shared the same registration number with other Canadian establishments appearing on the lists of establishments approved to export other commodities, such as dairy products, to the EU. This suffix was added only for the purpose of maintaining the list. Exporters can maintain their label as is and do not need to add the "F" to the information recorded on the certificate.
Procedure to update EU approval lists
- Establishments wishing to be added to any of the EU approval lists must be in compliance with Canadian regulations.
- Cold storage warehouses are subject to Preventive control plan (PCP) requirements.
- To request inclusion on any of the EU approval lists, please submit the following information to your local CFIA office:
- unique establishment identifier
- Safe Food for Canadians licence number
- full legal name as it appears on the Safe Food for Canadians licence
- physical site address associated with the unique establishment identifier as it appears on the Safe Food for Canadians licence
- applicable establishment type(s):
- PP: Processing Plant (Live Bivalve Molluscs, Fishery Products)
- FV: Factory Vessel (Live Bivalve Molluscs, Fishery Products)
- CS: Cold Storage (Fishery Products)
- IP: Dispatch Centre (Live Bivalve Molluscs)
- Z: Production Areas (Live Bivalve Molluscs)
- if the products to be exported include any aquacultured material, a remark of "Aq" must be indicated
- name of the EU approval list(s) you are requesting inclusion on
- All additions, amendments and deletions will be forwarded to the EU for approval. The approval process takes approximately 3 months, but time frames may vary depending upon circumstances beyond the control of the CFIA.
- If an establishment currently included on any EU approval list undergoes a name change and/or a registration number change, the documentation and labelling must identify the old registration or export licence number and legal name, as recorded on the EU approval list, until such time as the list is officially amended.
Effective dates for additions, deletions and modifications to EU approval lists
- Processing for export to the EU may only commence following the date that CFIA submits the request for addition to DG-SANTE. These submissions are sent on a monthly basis and the processor should confirm that a submission has been made prior to processing for the EU market.
- EU health certificates may only be issued following the validity date of the submission on the relevant approval list. The validity date is the date on which a new or updated list enters into force, and appears on the top right corner of approval lists. This date is typically about 2 months after the submission to DG-SANTE has been sent, but time frames may vary depending upon circumstances beyond the control of the CFIA.
- Where a request is made to modify either the approval number or establishment name on any EU approval list, the establishment must ensure that all documentation and labelling identifies the old registration number and legal name recorded on the relevant EU approval list until such time as the list is officially amended and the validity date has been reached.
- Deletions are considered to be effective immediately upon submission to DG-SANTE. EU health certificates may only be issued until the last day prior to the date on which the request has been submitted to the European Commission.
Production controls and inspection requirements
- Export of uneviscerated finfish may require inspection of the animals prior to processing and/or testing. Exporters who wish to ship uneviscerated finfish to Ukraine are advised to contact their CFIA Area Office in advance of harvesting to determine the requirements and, if required, accommodate the scheduling of inspections which must occur prior to processing and freezing.
- For frozen fish products:
Veterinary certificate for fish and fishery products exported into Ukraine (CFIA/ACIA 5349)
- For live crustaceans and their non-frozen products:
Veterinary certificate for live crustaceans and their non-frozen products exported into Ukraine (AQAH-1076)
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