Korea (South) – Export requirements for fish and seafood

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Eligible/Ineligible product

Eligible

  • All fish and seafood products
  • Seal meat must originate from Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandica) and/or Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) harvested in Canadian waters

Ineligible

  • Seal meat which does not meet criteria above
  • Importation of seal organs and seal penis is not permitted

Product specifications

Maximum levels for chemical contaminants
Metal Applicable Fish Products Maximum level permitted in ppm
Cadmium Molluscs 2.0
Cadmium Crustaceans, except swimming blue crab (Portunus tituberculata) with intestines 1.0
Cadmium Swimming blue crab (Portunus tituberculata) with intestines 5.0
Copper All products 60.0
Zinc All products 40.0
Lead Crustaceans, except swimming blue crab (Portunus tituberculata) with intestines 1.0
Lead Swimming blue crab (Portunus tituberculata) with intestines 2.0
Lead All other products 0.3
Mercury All products except for shark, tuna and grouper 0.5

Antibiotics are prohibited

Documentation requirements

Certificates

  1. For all mollusc products:

    Aquatic Animal Health and Sanitary Certificate for Export Of Molluscs For Human Consumption From Canada To The Republic Of Korea (AQAH-1072)

  2. For aquaculture products:
    • For live cultured finfish:

      Animal Health and Sanitary Certificate for Export Of Live Finfish For Human Consumption From Canada To The Republic Of Korea (AQAH-1088)

    • For all cultured crustaceans:

      Aquatic Animal Health and Sanitary Certificate for Export Of Crustaceans For Human Consumption from Canada To The Republic Of Korea (AQAH-1089)

  3. For live wild products (including lobsters):

    No certificate required

  4. For fresh/frozen products:

    No certificate required

  5. Please note that after April 1st, 2018:
    • For live wild finfish intended for human consumption, export will require:

      Aquatic Animal Health and Sanitary Certificate for Export Of Live Finfish For Human Consumption From Canada To The Republic Of Korea (AQAH-1088);

    • For wild crustaceans and wild chilled/frozen shrimp intended for human consumption, export will require:

      Aquatic Animal Health and Sanitary Certificate for Export Of Crustaceans For Human Consumption From Canada To The Republic Of Korea (AQAH-1089).

  6. For seal meat:

    Certificate of Origin and Hygiene (CFIA/ACIA 5003)

    The following statements/information must be included on the certificate:

    • "The seal meat originates from Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandica) and/or Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) only",
    • "The seal meat has been processed at an establishment that has been determined to be in good regulatory standing with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency under a HACCP and sanitary program consistently implemented and in accordance with the requirements laid down in Codex Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products (CAC/RCP 52-2003)",
    • "Harp Seals (Phoca groenlandica) and Grey Seals (Halichoerus grypus) originating from Canadian waters are not listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)", and
    • "Canada has not reported any animal contagious diseases listed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in seals, and there are no associated animal health restrictions required for Canadian seal meat for human consumption."

Other information

Further details on import requirements can be obtained from South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

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