Re-Importing Fish and Fish Products into Ireland

The re-importation into Ireland of fish and fish products is in accordance with Article 15 of Council Directive 97/78/EC on the organisation of veterinary checks on products entering the community from Third Countries and Article 14 of Directive 97/78/EC implementing the European Communities (Veterinary Checks on Fish and Fishery Products Imported from Third Countries) Regulations 2003. Re-importation of fish and fishery products into Ireland is only permitted under licence from the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA).

Re-importation is a two-stage process:

  1. Presentation of the consignment at a Border Inspection Post (BIP) at either Shannon Airport or Dublin Port accompanied by a SFPA Re-Import Licence and supporting documentation detailed below. No attempt should be made to re-import a consignment until a re-import licence has been issued by the SFPA. A documentary and identity check will be performed at the BIP (also a physical check on suspicion Ref: 97/78 Article 20).
  2. If consignment is cleared at the BIP, it must be returned directly to the establishment of origin accompanied by form BIP F5, which will be issued at the BIP. BIP F5 must be completed on arrival at the establishment of origin by a responsible person and returned to the BIP within 12 hours.

The Competent Authority (CA), as stated on the Re-Import Licence, responsible for the establishment of origin must examine the consignment and make a decision on the product's future permitted use. Following examination of the consignment, the CA must complete Part 2 of the Re-Import Licence stating its decision on the product's future use and return it to:

Food Safety Unit
National Seafood Centre
Co Cork

Application for Re-Import Licence

An application form for the Re-Import Licence can be downloaded below or requested from:

Food Safety Unit
National Seafood Centre
Co Cork

Tel: +353 (0) 23 885 9300

Once completed it must be returned to the address above, accompanied by the following supporting documentation:

1. The original health certification issued with the consignment. Where this is unavailable a copy of the original health certificate officially endorsed as such by the officer that issued the original. In the cases where no health certification was issued at export, the export documentation or a copy officially endorsed as such by the officer that issued the original.

2. Reason for rejection. Details of the reasons for refusal, i.e. a written statement from the official veterinary or customs authorities of the country of destination or the customer, giving precise details of the reasons for refusals of the goods including whether the consignment was subject to rejection by the official authorities or the customer.

3. A Non-Manipulation Certificate. An official certificate to the effect that after export and on arrival in the country of destination:

  • the goods were not interfered with other than for inspection purposes
  • the conditions governing the storage and transport of products have been observed and that they did not commingle with any products of a lesser health status
  • that the products concerned have not undergone any handling. Sealed containers (other than those with the export seal still intact) should be accompanied by a certificate from the carrier stating that the content has not been handled or unloaded. Where a container is opened for inspection purposes and re-sealed under Veterinary/Customs control in the country of destination, the Certificate of non-manipulation will show the new seal number.

4. A copy of the RG1 form confirming the status of the consignment in relation to export refunds on products of animal origin – including fish and fishery products.

Faxes or scans of the documents are acceptable to process the application; however, originals of the documentation are required when the consignment is presented for veterinary checks at the Border Inspection Post (BIP).

Please note:

  • The granting of a Re-Import Licence does not in any way guarantee that the product will satisfy the relevant import checks at the BIP or be eligible for any particular future use or re-export certification.
  • Under Directive 97/78/EC Article 15 Paragraph 2 prior to issuing the authorisation to present the consignment for re-importation DAFM must obtain from the CA that issued the export health certificate, agreement that they will accept the consignment back for examination and decision on the product future permitted use.
  • Under Directive 97/78/EC Article 15 Paragraph 1(c) if transit across other Member State(s) is involved, the consignment must be authorised by the official veterinarian of the border inspection point of the Member State where the consignment first arrives in one of the territories of the Community on behalf of all Member State(s) through which the consignment will transit. The applicant will be responsible for obtaining such approval, if required.

On receipt of the Re-Import Licence the consignment must be pre-notified to the BIP of import - in Ireland, the approved BIPs are Shannon Airport and Dublin Port. Part 1 of the Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) form (Annex III to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 136/2004) must be complete and pre-notified to the BIP.

Please note that re-imported goods are also subject to customs control. Arrangements should be made to notify the Irish Customs Authorities at the port of entry of the proposed re-import to ensure compliance with customs control requirements.