IUU Information for Importers following 1st January 2021

For imports of fish or fishery produce, from a third country (i.e. from a country not within the EU, UK included) to be allowed into Ireland, importers must create their import notification via the Border Control Post (BCP), through the Agriculture Field Inspection Testing (AFIT) system.

Importers or representatives will also need to upload a complete set of import documentation, on the ‘Notification and Inspection System’ (INIS), these documents will then be included on the AFIT system, where they can be reviewed by the SFPA. These documents would include the following;

  • Catch Certificate (if applicable)
  • Processing Statement (if applicable)
  • Storage Document (if applicable)
  • Bill of lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Health Certificate
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Or any other consignment specific documents

This AFIT import notification will be provided to the respective control authority, fishery produce, under Chapter 3 or Headings 1604 and 1605 of the Combined Nomenclature, will be identified to the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA).

The copy of the Catch Certificate (if applicable) will require the Importers' Declaration completed, by the importer or someone acting on their behalf, forwarding/clearing agent.

Notification periods for imports of fish or fishery products into Ireland are as follows:

  • by sea freight: from the UK, a minimum of 24 hours.
  • by sea freight: all other third countries, a minimum of three working days.
  • by air freight: minimum of four hours.

We would advise that these notice periods are treated as a minimum condition, and that as much notice as possible is given to avoid any delays with the verification process.

You will need to provide any original catch certificates, Annex IV Processing Statements, or Storage documents, if they are applicable. Importer declaration must be completed on original catch certificate also, prior to posting.

We would recommend that you post your original documentation via registered mail, and send to:

IUU Office
National Seafood Centre
Co Cork

Please also note that IUU verification checks that are completed by the SFPA, must be conducted before the Border Inspection Post (BIP) carries out their health and veterinary checks. Clearance of your products for the purposes of IUU, does not guarantee that your product will successfully clear the BIP checks.

Guidance Note on Completing Catch Certificate for Importers

Further information for importers

If you have any further questions that cannot be answered from these pages, please contact us via email or phone.

Tel: +353 (0) 23 885 9300 and ask to be put through to the IUU Office
Mobile: +353 85 7476298