Rules, Regulations and Procedures for Exportation of Fish and Fishery / Aquatic Products
Requirements for the Exportation of Fish Products
a. Only fish products which have been processed in fish processing establishments certified by BFAR to be compliant with the SSOP and HACCP system shall be allowed to be exported.
b. Fish products shall be subjected to product tests required by the importing country at any BFAR laboratory or accredited laboratories the result of which shall be presented to BFAR as amount the basis for issuance of the product sanitary/health certificate.
c. Fish products shall be derived from species whose biological, microbiological and chemical characteristics meet the following standards:
- Aerobic Plate Count (APC)
- Eschericia coli
absent in 25 g
- Vibrio Cholera
- Staphylococcus Aureus
- Lead (Pb)
- Mercury (Hg)
- Cadmium (CD)
0.5 ppm Marine Biotoxins
- Paralytic Shellfish Toxin
200 ppm or 20 mg/100g
d. Physical Characteristics - Fish products shall meet the minimum physical characteristics appropriate for a specific product established by BFAR.
e. Packaging - Fish products shall be packed under hygienic and sanitary conditions in a manner and with such precautions to preclude lubricants, oil fuel or any hazardous substances. Packaging materials to be used shall be of food grade.
f. Storage - Fish products shall be stored and maintained at the temperature required for specific products (i.e. zero degree Celsius for fresh/chilled and minus 20 degrees Celsius or below for frozen fishery products).
Kinds of Export Permits:
a. Commercial Export Permits - A permit attesting that the commercial export product is in accordance with the established standards for such products; and
b. Gratutous Export Permit - A permit issued free of charge for fish products intended for sample, personal, educational, exhibit and scientific or similar purposes provided that the volume thereof does not exceed ten (10) kilograms valued at not more than two thousand (P2,000.00) pesos.
A product sanitary/health certificate shall also be issued on a per shipment basis at least one week before the date of exportation upon payment of fifty (P50.00) pesos as certification fee. The same shall expire thirty (30) days after issuance thereof. An unused certificate shall be considered automatically cancelled.