Sign In

Fish

Canada (CA)

[expand all]

1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Establishment listing

Initial listing procedure for edible productsRequired?
Export registration
Yes
Establishment listing for Canada
No

1.2 Access for products for human consumption

Product
Access?
FinfishYes1
BivalvesYes1
Crustaceans
Yes1
EchinodermsYes
GastropodsYes1, 2
CephalopodsYes
TunicatesYes
CrocodileNo agreed certification

1Australia does not have access for live and non-viable finfish, molluscs, crustaceans and gastropods that are considered susceptible to Canada’s aquatic animal disease of concern unless it is non-viable product that is already processed, packaged or in a ready to eat form. On 31 March 2021, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency updated the susceptible Species of Aquatic Animals List. The updated list: Susceptible species of aquatic animals

2Australia does have access for abalone provided it meets the following criteria:

  • Abalone (Haliotis laevigata, H. rubra rubra or H. laevigata x H. rubra); AND
  • Aquaculture origin; AND
  • Originate from a land-based farm participating in the Abalone Health Accreditation Program (AHAP); AND
  • Non-viable; AND
  • Frozen; AND
  • Whole product (in shell); AND
  • Intended for food service or retail use

2. Operational requirements

2.1 General operational requirements

Exporters should work with their importer to determine if there are specific operational requirements. Exporters must comply with the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

2.2 Microbial and residue sampling, and maximum acceptable limits

Exporters should work with their importer to determine if there are additional requirements for microbial sampling of fish and fish products. Exporters must comply with the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

3. Harvesting and processing

3.1 Sourcing of fish and fish products

Exporters should work with their importer to determine if there are additional requirements for sourcing of fish and fish products. Exporters must comply with the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Aquaculture, whole (shell on), non-viable abalone for food service and retail use

  • The abalone farm must participate in the Abalone Health Accreditation Program and provide evidence of their current participation to the processing establishment. The processing establishment needs to obtain evidence in the form of a participation certificate which is issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer of the state/territory the farm is located and maintain that evidence in their approved supplier program. The certification must provide evidence of currency (for example, must have start and end dates for participation period).
  • Any other susceptible aquatic animals which contact the abalone to be exported during pre-embarkation must be free of the disease of concern* specific to the species being exported.
  • Potable water must be used for washing, rinsing or glazing abalone during processing.
  • Until approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, seawater may not be used for processing the abalone, regardless of whether it has been filtered and ultraviolet radiation treated.
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency advised that washing of the abalone in the water they are grown in, at the time of harvest, is acceptable.
  • The abalone prepared for export to Canada must be traceable back to the farm.
  • The abalone must be packaged for retail sale.
  • Abalone from different farms must not be mixed in the same package.

* Greenlip abalone (H. laevigata), blacklip abalone (H. rubra rubra) and tiger abalone (H. laevigata x H. rubra) are considered to be susceptible to Haliotid herpesvirus-1 and Perkinsus olseni.

3.2 Sourcing, slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles

Canada has no agreed requirements for the slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles. Exporters should contact the Department if they are interested in exporting crocodile meat and crocodile products to Canada.

3.3 Refrigeration, transfer and loadout

Exporters should check with their importer to determine if there are additional requirements for refrigeration, transfer and loadout. Exporters must comply with the  Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

4. Production for human consumption

4.1 Fish and fish products

Canada has no known additional requirements for the production of fish and fish products that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

5. Production of non-prescribed goods

5.1 Non-prescribed goods

Rendered products

Rendered products are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Shells

Shells are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Crocodile skins and hides

Crocodile skins and hides are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Technical products and pharmaceutical material

No agreed certification. Please contact import officials to confirm importing country requirements.

6. Labelling, use-by date, trade description and shipping marks (port marks)

Exporters should work with their importer to determine if there are specific requirements for labelling, use-by date, trade description and shipping marks (port marks).

Aquaculture, whole (shell on), non-viable abalone for food service and retail use

  • A visible, legible label must be present on the containers used to transport the aquatic animals.
  • The containers used to transport the product must have a visible legible label that identifies:
    • the origin and destination of the consignment
    • the farm name
    • the taxonomic name of the abalone
    • statement that the abalone were farmed; and
    • the net weight of the abalone in the shipment

If there are multiple individual retail packs within an outer carton, then the above information related to the origin and destination of the consignment and farm name can be placed on the outer carton and does not have to be on each individual retail package.

7. Documentation requirements for products for human consumption

7.1 Live seafood

Live echinoderms, cephalopods and tunicates

Live echinoderms, cephalopods and tunicates can be exported to Canada without government certification.

Live finfish, bivalves, crustaceans and gastropods

Live finfish, bivalves, crustaceans and gastropods considered susceptible to Canada’s aquatic animal diseases of concern are unable to be exported to Canada.

Exporters who are interested in exporting these products are encouraged to contact the Export Standards Branch.

Live species that are not listed on Canada’s susceptible species list can be exported without government certification.

7.2 Non-viable seafood

Non-viable finfish, bivalves, crustaceans and gastropods

Whole finfish (head on, not gutted), shell on bivalves, shell on gastropods (other than abalone) and shell on crustaceans considered susceptible to Canada's aquatic animal diseases of concern are currently unable to be certified for export.

Exporters who are interested in exporting these products are encouraged to contact the Export Standards Branch.

Processed, packaged, or ready to eat finfish, bivalves and crustaceans that are included on Canada's susceptible species list or those species which do not appear on Canada's susceptible species list are eligible to be exported without government certification.

Aquaculture, whole (shell on), non-viable abalone for food service and retail use

For farmed abalone that satisfy the following criteria, use FX46AC certificate with endorsement 6315:

  • abalone (Haliotis laevigata, H. rubra rubra or H. laevigata x H. rubra), AND
  • aquaculture origin, AND
  • originate from a land-based farm participating in AHAP, AND
  • non-viable, AND
  • frozen, AND
  • whole product (in shell)

The endorsement 6315 contains the following attestations:

I, the undersigned, declare and certify that the aquatic animals described above intended for food service and retail use in Canada, satisfy the following requirements:

  1. 'Haliotid herpesvirus-1 (abalone herpesvirus) and infection with Perkinsus olseni are compulsorily notifiable diseases in Australia.'
  2. As per Canada's list of diseases of concern, the species for export (Haliotis laevigata, H. rubra rubra, and H. laevigata x H. rubra rubra) are susceptible to Haliotid herpesvirus-1 (Abalone herpes-like virus) and infection with Perkinsus olseni.
  3. The abalone products are not under any restriction by Australia's competent authority or intended for destruction for disease control purposes.
  4. The influent water, transport water and ice if included, as well as any other susceptible aquatic animals which contact the animals to be exported during pre-embarkation, are free of the disease of concern specific to the species being exported as per 1. (above).
  5. The aquatic animals have been packaged in shipping containers, holding units and/or conveyances that are either new or cleaned and disinfected. The shipping containers and/or holding units prevent release of the shipping contents (for example, water or animals) while en route.
  6. The aquatic animals have been packaged in a manner which prevents contact or exchange of animals or water between different shipments of aquatic animals on the same conveyance. A visible, legible label must be present on the containers used to transport the aquatic animals.
  7. The containers used to transport the product have a visible legible label that identifies: the origin and destination of the consignment, the location where the aquatic animals were born, the taxonomic name of the aquatic animals, the aquatic animals were farmed, and the number or biomass of the aquatic animals in the shipment.

When completing the Health Certificate, all the following items are required:

  1. Australian Fish Name and scientific name of the species
  2. processing date
  3. Canadian import permit number
  4. farm name where the abalone were sourced (entered into the 'additional product description' field)
  5. identify the product as aquaculture origin (not wild caught)

Exporters will also need to ensure that, where applicable, and, in reference to the above items, that the following information, in particular, the correct product type description and cut type are used when raising the Health Certificate:

EXDOC Product Group Product Type Product Type Description Scientific Name Cut Type
FABBABALONE – BLACKLIP Haliotis rubra rubraFF0871, FF0462, FF0453, FF0002
F
ABGABALONE – GREENLIP Haliotis laevigataFF0460, FF0463, FF1122, FF1108, FF1851
FABTABALONE - TIGER Haliotis laevigata x Haliotis rubraFF2062
Non-viable echinoderms, cephalopods and tunicates

Non-viable echinoderms, cephalopods and tunicates can be exported to Canada without government certification.

7.3 Crocodiles

There is no agreed certification for import of crocodile meat into Canada.

8. Documentation requirements for non-prescribed goods

9. Shipping and air freight requirements

10. Definitions

Latest updates

15/06/2021 - References to export legislation have been updated.
20/04/2021 - updated the susceptible species of aquatic animals list
01/10/2020 - changes to whole in-shell abalone
4096|15/06/2021|20211119|5120
Last updated: 19/11/2021 5:49 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:15 PM