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Export of Aquatic Animals
Export Arrangement of Aquatic Animals
To facilitate the industry to export ornamental aquatic animals# to some countries/places such as the European Union (EU), the USA, Australia, Japan, etc. which require the animals to be accompanied with an official animal health certificate, this Department has launched “Ornamental Aquatic Animal Disease Surveillance Programme”. Only the fish farm which complied with the criteria of facility and management can be recognized by this Department as a qualified exporter.
Animal Health and Water Quality Inspection
To export ornamental aquatic animals to the United States or EU Members States, the health status of the fish and the water quality of the farm must be regularly inspected. This Department will further process the export certification for the farm only if it has passed all the required tests within the designated period. The following is a brief introduction of the testing requirements of the relevant countries:
USA – The fish (including goldfish and koi) must be tested for Spring Vireamia of Carp (SVC) twice a year (with at least 3- month interval between tests). Subsequent tests must be carried out regularly and must be of passed results for at least two consecutive years.
For detailed import requirements, please refer to the web-site of the United States Department of Agriculture:
EU Member states -The Annual Virological and Pathological Test must be carried out once a year, whereas the Half-yearly Virological Test must be carried out about 6 months after the completion of the Annual Virological and Pathological Test (the captioned two tests must be at least 1 month apart or carried out at the discretion of the vet). Subsequent tests must be carried out at an appropriate interval. The results of Annual Virological and Pathological Test and Half-yearly Virological Test must be found satisfactory for two consecutive years.
For detailed import requirements, please refer to the web-site of the EU Member States: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/aquaculture/index_en.htm
Information about the Annual Virological and Pathological Test and Half-yearly Virological Test:
Qualified fish exporter must submit the application form and fee at least 10 working days in advance to book an appointment for fish inspection. Subject to the fish consignment is found satisfactory after inspection, the Veterinary Officer will issue an official health certificate for the aquatic animals. As of May 2016, five fish farms joined the programme.
How to Apply
Processing Period for Official Animal Health Certificate
If all the veterinary health requirements stipulated by the destination country/place are met and the related documents are available, the processing period is two working days
Where To Apply
Application must be submitted in person to:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 noon, 1:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Since different countries impose different restrictions on the importation of animals, applicants are strongly advised to first obtain details of the requirements from both the government authority of the destination country/place and from the airline or shipping company that will carry them. Please note that this Department may not always be able to certify all of the required details.
The period of validity of the animal health certificate will depend on the regulations of the destination country/place.
Tel. : (852) - 1823
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Last Review Date : 27 June 2017