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Eel Fry

Eel Fry


To facilitate the industry to export eel fry to the Mainland China and the Republic of Korea*, this Department has set the “Guidelines of Eel Fry Export”.  Only local packing facilities enterprises or fish farms which complied with the criteria of facility and management can apply for an official animal health certificate from this Department.

*Animal Health Inspection (Arrangement for the export to the Republic of Korea)
To export eel fry to the Republic of Korea, every batch of eel fry must pass the relevant test(s) before this Department further processes the export certification.

Information about the tests:  

 Information about the tests

All tests must meet the standard of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the requirements of this Department.



Definition of Eel Fry

Inspection and the issue of animal health certificate only apply on glass eel which is not longer than 4 inches.


Pre-export Inspection

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.


How to Apply

• An application must be submitted on the specified form (PDF format). Downloading of the forms for viewing and printing can be done through the use of the Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) Reader software which is available free at the Adobe Systems Incorporated website.
• Fees must be paid at the time of application. Fees are charged in accordance with the Fees Schedule.
• The issue of an official animal health certificate only applies to specific animals or countries / places. Health inspection on the animal must be made by a government veterinary officer before the issue.  
• Regarding the application for the issue of an animal health certificate, appointment must be made at least 10 working days prior to the expected date of inspection.


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:
Certification Desk (Counter No. 9), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, 5th Floor, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Office Hours 

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 noon, 1:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.



  • 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.




Note: If the animal species and their parts or derivatives to be exported are controlled under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, Cap. 586, the exporter must also apply appropriate CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) export permit from this Department.




Tel. : (852) - 1823
Email : icsenquiry@afcd.gov.hk

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