Exports to the USA


Health Certificates are not required for exports of fishery products to the USA.  

There are other requirements however and these are as follows:  

(a) Food facilities are to be registered with the FDA.  

(b) The FDA must then be given advance notice on shipments of imported food prior to exportation, using a prior notification system.    

Links to the FDA website for registration and advance notification information as follows:  


Link to registration of food facilities page:




Link to prior notification page:




Also the following are help line numbers in the FDA if assistance is required by the exporting FBO.  

Registration with the FDA           0013015750156  

Prior Notification of import           0017032618435



Restrictions on exports of Bivalve Molluscs to the USA  

The only bivalve molluscs that can be exported to the USA are cooked or processed (not live bivalve or frozen unprocessed) bivalve molluscs.  

Ireland is not currently involved in the equivalency process with the USA to reverse this restriction.




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