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This page was archived due to the coming into force of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. Archived information is provided for reference, research or record-keeping purposes only. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. For current information visit Food.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for regulating the export of fish and seafood products. To be eligible for export, fish and seafood destined for human consumption must originate from a registered fish processing establishment and meet defined standards. There are regulatory exceptions for live lobsters, live crabs and some products from fisher-packers. Contact your local CFIA office for more information.

The Fish, Seafood and Production Division (FSPD) is responsible for facilitating access to international fish and seafood markets by negotiating agreements with trading partners, identifying export requirements for key import countries, certifying that fish and seafood exports are safe and acceptable for human consumption, and providing technical assistance to resolve trade disruptions where possible.

The FSPD works closely with the Aquatic Animal Health Division (AAH), which is responsible for certifying fish and seafood exports for animal health purposes. Although many of the existing export certificates provide export guarantees (attestations) exclusively related to public health, there is a trend in international trade to use joint certificates attesting to both animal and public health.

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