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European Union (EU) - Certification of fish landed by EU vessels, stored in Canada and exported to the EU for human consumption


This document provides guidance to cold storage facilities who are storing fish caught by European Union (EU) approved vessels, stored in bond and then exported to the EU for human consumption. The cold storage facility is responsible to implement and comply with the requirements outlined in this document.

If the fish is imported into Canada, the appropriate clearance and import requirements will need to be met as per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) import program. This guidance document does not apply to fish imported into Canada.


These requirements apply to cold storage facilities that are licensed under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) with the activity "Exporting food", have an acceptable Preventive control plan (PCP) and are on the EU list of approved Canadian establishments.

The EU vessels landing fish in Canada must be from one of the following 27 EU countries.

Eligible product for certification

Fish landed in Canada by EU approved vessels and stored in bond at cold storage facilities. The fish must be in the frozen state at time of certification.

Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country

Cold storage facilities:

Procedure to update EU approval lists

Note: 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.

Effective dates for additions, deletions and modifications to EU approval lists




Industry requirements

Unloading and Storage Requirements

Loading and transport of the fish for export

The manner in which the fish is loaded and transported must meet the following requirements:

Documentation requirements

The operator of the cold storage facility shall maintain the following documentation:

Requesting Certificate

The procedure for requesting the certificate shall be documented.

The procedure to request a certificate must include the following:


Health certificate for fishery products intended for human consumption caught by vessels flying the flag of a Member State and transferred in Canada with or without storage.

Form (CFIA/ACIA 5935)

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