Aquatic animal export: certification requirements for Vietnam
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The following certificates are available:
- Aquatic Animal Health Certificate for the Export of Live Aquatic Animals Intended for Human Consumption from Canada to Vietnam (AQAH-1025)
- Certificate of Origin and Hygiene CFIA/ACIA 5003, available through Vietnam – Export requirements for fish and seafood
- If wishing to export non-live fish, please contact Fish and Seafood.
- For consignments containing any live species of aquatic animals, except Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas), it is the importer's and exporter's responsibility to obtain a valid import licence or permit issued by the Vietnamese Authorities prior to import.
- Except for Pacific Oyster, which can be imported into Vietnam without the need for a risk assessment or import permit, all other live aquatic animal species from Canada are required to undergo a risk assessment approval process through the General Department of Fisheries of Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) before an import permit can be issued.
- The exporter shall provide the Inspector with a copy or copies of any and all import licences and/or permits required to import live aquatic animal species, except Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas), into Vietnam prior to CFIA's issuance of the certificate, and provide supporting documentation such as an affidavit indicating that the exporter believes the provided import license and/or permit is valid.
- In addition to the above mentioned certificate, each shipment must also be accompanied by a certificate of Origin and Hygiene CFIA/ACIA 5003.
- Except in the case of establishments that only ship live product, processing establishments and the products they wish to export must appear on the list of Canadian establishments and their products approved for export to Vietnam (Vietnamese only). As of July 18, 2017, responsibility for approving foreign establishments to export foodstuffs of animal origin and for maintaining the above-noted list rests with the Department of Animal Health (DAH) of Vietnam's MARD. Please refer to the Procedure to update the list of Canadian establishments and their products approved for export to Vietnam.
- There may be existing certificates or additional information from the Fish and Seafood program. However, for the specific commodities above, an aquatic animal health certificate is required.
- To request an export certificate outlined above or if you require any other information on aquatic animal health export certification, please contact your CFIA Area Office.
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