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Republic of Korea (South Korea)

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1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Establishment listing

Initial listing procedure for edible productsRequired?
Export registrationYes
Establishment listing for Republic of Korea (South Korea)
No

1.2 Access for products for human consumption

ProductAccess?
FinfishYes
BivalvesYes
CrustaceansYes
EchinodermsYes
GastropodsYes
CephalopodsYes
TunicatesYes
CrocodileNo agreed certification

The South Korea has prohibited the use of oilfish and escolar for human food therefore, these fish species cannot be exported.

Pending further negotiations, the following products for human consumption cannot be exported to the South Korea:

  • Frozen fish heads as covered by HS Code 0303;
  • Frozen fish visceral by-products covered by HS Codes 0303, 0306, 0307, including products such as edible roe, hard roe and squid nidamental glands.

Exporters of chilled product are encouraged to seek clarification with their importer as to eligibility prior to export.

For more information, please also refer to Market Access Advice: Fish 07/08 and Market Access Advice: Fish 13/13.

1.3 Access for non-prescribed goods

ProductAccess?
Technical products pharmaceutical materialNo agreed certification
Rendered productsNo agreed certification
Crocodile skins and hidesNo agreed certification
ShellsNo agreed certification

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

Furthermore, the Rules do not apply to:

  • liquid fish products exported in a consignment of no more than 10 litres
  • dried fish and dried fish products (other than dried abalone) exported in a consignment of no more than 2 kilograms
  • fish and fish products (other than liquid fish and dried abalone) exported in a consignment of no more than 10 kilograms.
However, the Department may provide an export certificate if one is required by the South Korea competent authority.

1.5 Premises and equipment

The South Korea has no known additional requirements for premises and equipment that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

2. Operational requirements

2.1 General operational requirements

The South Korea has no known additional requirements for specific operations that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

2.2 Microbial and residue sampling, and maximum acceptable limits

On 1 July 2018, South Korea implemented a Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for isoeugenol (active ingredient of AQUI-S Aquatic Anaesthetic) of 0.01 mg/kg.

On 3 July 2019, South Korea implemented a MRL for Ethoxyquin and Ethoxyquin dimer of 1mg/kg in fish and 0.2mg/kg in crustaceans see Notice No 2019-57

3. Harvesting and processing

3.1 Sourcing of fish and fish products

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

3.2 Sourcing, slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles

3.3 Refrigeration, transfer and loadout

South Korea has no known additional requirements for refrigeration, transfer and loadout that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

4. Production for human consumption

5. Production of non-prescribed goods

5.1 Non-prescribed goods

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.

Shells

Shells 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. Contact import officials to confirm importing country requirements.

Rendered products

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

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

6.1 Labelling and trade description

South Korea has no known specific requirements for labelling and trade description in addition to those provided in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

6.2 Use-by date and shelf life restrictions

South Korea has no known specific requirements for use-by dates and shelf life restrictions in addition to Department-administered legislation.

6.3 Shipping marks (port marks)

South Korea has no known specific requirements for shipping marks (port marks).

7. Documentation requirements for products for human consumption

7.1 Live seafood

Live finfish, bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates

For the export of eligible live seafood, use FX46KR certificate.

Embedded endorsement

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed under the Export Control Act have been complied with in respect of the prescribed goods described above, being goods that are;

  1. In sound condition
  2. Fit for human consumption
  3. Australia maintains a system that meets OIE requirements for the notification of diseases and epidemiological information in aquatic animals and on this basis can certify that the prescribed goods described above have been sourced from a zone/area(s) free from infection from the following:
    • Aquatic animal novel diseases specific to crustaceans: Necrotising Hepatopancreatitis (NHP), Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND) and Decapod Iridescent Virus 1 (DIV1) for susceptible animal species relevant to Australia.
    • Aquatic animal diseases specific to finfish: Salmonid Alphavirus (SAV) and Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) are not applicable to the prescribed goods described above.
  4. In respect of farmed aquatic animals, these were examined prior to harvesting for processing or transport and found to be healthy
  5. Of Australian Origin

7.2 Non-viable seafood

Non-viable finfish, bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates

For the export of eligible non-viable seafood, use FX46KR certificate.

Embedded endorsement

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed under the Export Control Act have been complied with in respect of the prescribed goods described above, being goods that are;

  1. In sound condition
  2. Fit for human consumption
  3. Australia maintains a system that meets OIE requirements for the notification of diseases and epidemiological information in aquatic animals and on this basis can certify that the prescribed goods described above have been sourced from a zone/area(s) free from infection from the following:
    • Aquatic animal novel diseases specific to crustaceans: Necrotising Hepatopancreatitis (NHP), Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND) and Decapod Iridescent Virus 1 (DIV1) for susceptible animal species relevant to Australia.
    • Aquatic animal diseases specific to finfish: Salmonid Alphavirus (SAV) and Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) are not applicable to the prescribed goods described above.
  4. In respect of farmed aquatic animals, these were examined prior to harvesting for processing or transport and found to be healthy
  5. Of Australian Origin

7.3 Crocodiles

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

8. Documentation requirements for non-prescribed goods

8.1 Technical products and pharmaceutical material

There is no agreed certification for import of technical products and pharmaceutical materials into South Korea. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the South Korean competent authority prior to shipping any technical products or pharmaceutical material.

8.2 Rendered products

There is no agreed certification for import of rendered products into South Korea. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the South Korean competent authority prior to shipping any rendered products.

8.3 Crocodile skins and hides

There is no agreed certification for import of crocodile skins and hides into South Korea. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the South Korean competent authority prior to shipping any crocodile skins and hides.

8.4 Shells

There is no agreed certification for import of shells into South Korea. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any shells.

9. Shipping and air freight requirements

10. Port-of-entry clearance inspection and testing

11. Definitions

Latest updates

16/06/2021 - References to export legislation have been updated.
17/02/2021 - Updated certification for live and non-viable seafood (sections 7.1 and 7.2).
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Last updated: 19/11/2021 5:50 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:27 PM