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Considerations prior to updating of establishment details (added 3 June 2021)

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1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Establishment listing

Initial listing procedure for edible productsRequired?
#Establishment listing is not required for establishments producing live seafood for human consumption or sale in Vietnam.
Export registrationYes
Establishment listing for VietnamYes# (non-viable seafood products)
Approved list of establishments

The list of establishments currently approved for export of non-viable seafood to Vietnam can be found on Vietnam's Department of Animal Health (DAH) website.

Listing requirements do not apply to freight forwarders and cold stores which only store product for export or export establishments that package fish for export to Vietnam for the purpose of reprocessing and return to Australia or re-export from Vietnam.

Only producers of fish products for sale in Vietnam are required to complete an application seeking listing.

Establishment listing requirements for approval to export non-viable seafood products from Australia

For establishments seeking Vietnam listing, under Decree No. 15/2018/ND-CP, there is an establishment listing process whereby exporters of non-viable seafood products are required to complete:

  • Form 7 – List of food production and business establishments registered to export to Vietnam, and
  • Form 9 – Brief information on food safety conditions of food production and business establishments.

The Department has developed the following templates and guidance documents for seafood export establishments to assist with completing establishment listing applications for Vietnam. These templates were developed to standardise applications and facilitate assessment/ approval of applications by DAH:

Contact the Dairy Eggs Fish program (dairyeggsfish@awe.gov.au) for more information or assistance with completion of the listing application.

The completed application must be submitted to the Dairy Eggs Fish program at dairyeggsfish@awe.gov.au for assessment and verification. Incomplete or inaccurate applications will be returned for amendment. A fee-for-service charge is applied for the assessment of the application. The Department will then submit the verified applications directly to Vietnam's DAH.

Note
Vietnamese authorities reserve the right to conduct on-site audits of all approved premises and in some instances an onsite audit may be required as part of the approval process.

For more information, refer to the following Market Access Advices (MAA):

1.2 Access for products for human consumption

ProductAccess?
*Australia does not have access for some live seafood species. Eligible live seafood species which can be exported to Vietnam are listed in Appendix VIII Decree 26/2019/ND-CP – list of currently allowed aquatic species in Vietnam (DOCX 70 KBPDF 425 KB)) published by Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Live seafoodYes*
Non-viable seafoodYes
CrocodileNo agreed certification

Exporters who export live seafood species that are not approved by Vietnam, do so at their own risk and the Department will be unable to facilitate the release of any detained consignments.

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. However, the Department may provide an export certificate for non-prescribed goods if one is required by the Department of Animal Health in Vietnam. Exporters should work closely with their importers to determine any requirements.

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.

Products in the above listed quantities can be exported without Australian export documentation. Exporters should work with their importer to ensure they have current information on Vietnamese documentary requirements. If a government certificate for this product is required by Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health, the Department is able to provide certification.

1.4 Australian products that do not meet Vietnamese official requirements

Live seafood species not listed in Appendix VIII Decree 26/2019/ND-CP – list of currently allowed aquatic species in Vietnam (DOCX 70 KB | PDF 425 KB) are not eligible to be exported to Vietnam. These species are exported at commercial risk.

1.5 Premises and equipment

Vietnam 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

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

2.2 Microbial and residue sampling, and maximum acceptable limits

Vietnam's microbiological requirements for certain seafood products are set out in Vietnam's Circular 5/2012/TT-BYT of 1 March 2012 Promulgating the national technical regulations on microbiological contaminants in food.

The Department is aware that Vietnamese authorities may undertake port-of-entry testing of imported food, including seafood products, to verify compliance with the Circular 5/2012/TT-BYT. The following table outlines the maximum limits of micro-organisms allowed for certain seafood products (Circular 5/2012/TT-BYT). The following Circular includes maximum limits for all foods:

Breaches of microbiological limits may result in the consignment being seized and ordered for re-export or destruction, and the importer may be fined.

Limits of microbiological contamination in aquaculture products
No.Product
NormSampling planAllowed limit
(CFU/ml or CFU/g)
Norm
rating
ncmM
(2) in 25g or 25ml
(3) MPN/100g meat v endolymph
Abbreviations
n: the number of samples from the consignments to be tested
c: the maximum amount of samples of which the test results are allowed to lie between m and M. For n samples tested, only c samples are allowed to have the test results lie between m and M
m: lower limit, it is considered passed if all the test results of n samples do not exceed m
M: upper limit, it is considered failed if only one test result of n samples exceeds M
KPH: KPH: not detected
Norm A: is the norm required to be tested during the conformity assessment
Norm B: is the norm not being required to be tested during the conformity assessment if the producers already take risk control measures in the production (HACCP or GMP). If the producer omits to take risk control measures, these norms are compelled to be tested
4.1 Alive bivalve mollusc, gastropods, echinoderms, tunicatesE. coli10230(3)700(3)B
Salmonella50KPH(2) A
4.2Shelled mollusc and crustacean or unshelled, heated mollusc and crustaceanE. coli
521101B
Staphylococci positive for coagulase52101102B
Salmonella50KPH(2) A

3. Harvesting and processing

3.1 Sourcing of fish and fish products

Vietnam 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

Vietnam has no agreed requirements for the slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles.

3.3 Refrigeration, transfer and loadout

Vietnam 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

Rendered products

Rendered products 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.

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.

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

6.1 Labelling and trade description

Vietnam 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

Vietnam 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)

Vietnam 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 live finfish, bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates, use an FX46VN Certificate as to Condition.

Only those live seafood species listed in Appendix 3 of Circular 88/2011/TT-BNNPTNT (PDF 180 KB) are eligible to be exported to Vietnam for human consumption. Note that it remains possible for certificates to be issued for those live species not currently on the list. Exporters who export live seafood species that are not approved by Vietnam, do so at their own risk and the Department will be unable to facilitate the release of any detained consignments.

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. Of Australian origin
Additional endorsement 4006 Fish

These products have been processed in accordance with Codex Alimentarius Commission Principles for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and relevant codes of hygienic practice.

In accordance with the inspection system regulated by the competent authority, these products are not contaminated with pathogenic micro-organisms of concern.

In accordance with the inspection system regulated by the competent authority and Australia’s National Residue survey for wild-caught fish and aquaculture, these products do not contain harmful or foreign substances or chemicals.

Additional endorsement 4569 – EU endorsement

These products have been processed in accordance with Codex Alimentarius Commission Principles for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and relevant codes of hygienic practice. In accordance with the inspection system regulated by the competent authority, these products are not contaminated with pathogenic micro-organisms of concern. In accordance with the inspection system regulated by the competent authority and Australia's National Residue survey for wild-caught fish and aquaculture, these products do not contain harmful or foreign substances or chemicals. These products have been produced at establishments which, at the time of production of the product, were approved to process and export fishery product to the European Union.

7.2 Non-viable seafood

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

For non-viable finfish, bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates, use an FX46VN Certificate as to Condition.

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. Of Australian origin
Additional endorsement 4006 Fish

These products have been processed in accordance with Codex Alimentarius Commission Principles for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and relevant codes of hygienic practice.

In accordance with the inspection system regulated by the competent authority, these products are not contaminated with pathogenic micro-organisms of concern.

In accordance with the inspection system regulated by the competent authority and Australia’s National Residue survey for wild-caught fish and aquaculture, these products do not contain harmful or foreign substances or chemicals.

Additional endorsement 4569 – EU endorsement

These products have been processed in accordance with Codex Alimentarius Commission Principles for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and relevant codes of hygienic practice. In accordance with the inspection system regulated by the competent authority, these products are not contaminated with pathogenic micro-organisms of concern. In accordance with the inspection system regulated by the competent authority and Australia's National Residue survey for wild-caught fish and aquaculture, these products do not contain harmful or foreign substances or chemicals. These products have been produced at establishments which, at the time of production of the product, were approved to process and export fishery product to the European Union.

7.3 Crocodiles

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

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 Vietnam. 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 technical products or pharmaceutical material.

8.2 Rendered products

There is no agreed certification for import of rendered products into Vietnam. 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 rendered products.

8.3 Crocodile skins and hides

There is no agreed certification for import of crocodile skins and hides into Vietnam. 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 crocodile skins and hides.

8.4 Shells

There is no agreed certification for import of shells into Vietnam. 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

17/06/2021 - References to export legislation have been updated.
03/03/2021 - Updated listing for non-viable seafood (Sections 1.1 to 1.5).
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Last updated: 19/11/2021 5:49 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:11 PM