Where a third country vessel is landing fish into Ireland prior to a re-export to another third country, the Exporter (or someone acting on their behalf e.g. forwarding agent), will need to ensure the Re-Export section of their Catch Certificate (or Consignment Certificate for Norwegian landings) is completed by a Sea-Fisheries Protection Officer of the SFPA.

The Desingated Port in Ireland for all third country landings and transhipments at port or sea is Killybegs, Co Donegal.  Exporters will therefore need to contact the SFPA office in Killybegs to request Re-Export Approval.

Re-Export Certificates must be completed before the fish leaves Ireland for its final destination.

If fish from a third country is being held in a customs' warehouse, this is not classed as imported and therefore does not require a Re-Export Certificate to accompany the Catch Certificate.  The Catch Certificate will also not be required by the IUU Office in Ireland and is only required at the Border Inspection Post (BIP) or Customs at the point of entry of the final destination of the fish / fishery product.

However, if fish is being stored in a commercial warehousing facility of any knid or size then the fish held in such circumstances is classed as landed and therefore will need a Re-Export Certificate to be completed before it leaves for its final destination in a third country.

If fish is landed and remains in the EU, it will not need a Re-Export Certificate if its final destination is another location within any Member State of the EU.

Download: Re-Export Certificate Template (.doc)

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