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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

China Decrees 248 and 249

CIFER profiles (also called accounts)

Registration and other processes in CIFER

Verifying establishment registration in CIFER

Products

List of fish and seafood products eligible to be exported to China

Establishments

Note: the List of Canadian Establishments Approved for Export to China, is kept for reference only. Up-to-date establishments lists will be kept in the CIFER system as of January 1, 2022.

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)

Packaging, labeling and marking requirements

As of January 1, 2022:

Note: the packaging and labelling requirements of foods produced before January 1, 2022, shall follow the original requirements that were in place prior to the implementation of Decrees 248 and 249.

Establishment Registration Number on packaging:

Documentation requirements

Certificate

Note: exporters are responsible for ensuring that the establishment is eligible to ship the products being certified. Exporters may contact their local CFIA office for information on how to add additional products if they want to ship products that they are not currently approved for in CIFER.

  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)
                         
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