There are currently two registration procedures to be carried out for exporters to China:
This registration information is submitted by the SFPA to the Chinese Authorities for SFPA approved fishery products establishments. The current list of CNCA registered establishments can be accessed below:
If any establishment approved under EU legislation would like to apply for registration with the CNCA please email SFPATradeandAudit@sfpa.ie
This registration process must be carried out online by the relevant exporter/agent here.
Exporters should fill and submit their application form electronically through this registration filing management system. Information required as part of this process includes exporter/agent’s name, address details, contact details, relevant food category and Chinese trade partner details.
Certification of products for export to China
Exports to China require one of the following two Chinese health certificates, depending on the export product.
- Chinese Health Certificate for Fish and Fishery Products
- Chinese Health Certificate for Live Aquatic Animals
Separate health certificates must be used for these two categories:
- Fish and Fishery Products - includes all species of fish, crustaceans and other forms of marine life (not including live fish, crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms) and any parts or products thereof
- Live Aquatic Animals - live fish, crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms
These health certificates are available on application from your local SFPA port office.
A bi-lingual version of the certificate of origin is also available for use when required.
For Irish export consignments of seafood to China after 31 December 2015, all health certificates require information to be typed on the certificates while using the new health certificate numbering format previously agreed.
Mixtures of aquacultured and wild fishery products
This requirement applies in cases where a Chinese health certificate is required for a consignment containing a mixture of both aquacultured and wild caught fishery products. (For example, it could include both smoked salmon products and cooked crab products)
In these cases the Chinese authorities have requested that separate relevant Chinese health certificates be issued for the one consignment as follows:
- Health certificate to certify the aquacultured part of the consignment
- Health certificate to certify the wild caught part of the consignment
Approved products for export to China
As the Chinese authorities maintain a list of approved products for export to China, the Chinese authorities have advised that exporters should contact the relevant border inspection posts (CIQ) in China prior to exporting to ensure that their products can be successfully imported.
Testing requirements for consignments of processed crab
Please see the following Trade Notice regarding the testing requirements for consignments of processed crab exported to China.
Chinese labelling requirements for certain fishery products
The format of the name for the following fishery products set out below should be the only format used in any Chinese health certificates covering these exports.
冻生海螺 (带壳） Frozen raw whelk (with shell)
北蛾螺（熟冻） Frozen cooked whelk
Please see the following link for additional guidance information for establishments producing fish and fishery products for export to China.
Information is also available on the National Food Safety Standard for Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Food applicable in China: