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 require negotiated health certification 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, gastropods and crustaceans may be eligible to be exported without government certification. Exporters are encouraged to work with their importers to determine the import requirements for these products.
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:
- 'Haliotid herpesvirus-1 (abalone herpesvirus) and infection with
Perkinsus olseni are compulsorily notifiable diseases in Australia.'
- 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
- The abalone products are not under any restriction by Australia's competent authority or intended for destruction for disease control purposes.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Australian Fish Name and scientific name of the species
- processing date
- Canadian import permit number
- farm name where the abalone were sourced (entered into the 'additional product description' field)
- 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|
|F||ABB||ABALONE – BLACKLIP||
Haliotis rubra rubra||FF0871, FF0462, FF0453, FF0002|
|F||ABG||ABALONE – GREENLIP||
Haliotis laevigata||FF0460, FF0463, FF1122, FF1108, FF1851|
|F||ABT||ABALONE - TIGER||
Haliotis laevigata x Haliotis rubra||FF2062|
Non-viable echinoderms, cephalopods and tunicates
Non-viable echinoderms, cephalopods and tunicates can be exported to Canada without government certification.