Preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
The European Union Council and Commission regulations establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing became applicable in the EU Member States on 1 January 2010. With the exception of the products listed in Annex I of Commission Regulation (EU) No 86/2010, the catch certification scheme established by the regulations applies to fishery products under Chapter 03 and Tariff headings 1604 and 1605 of the Combined Nomenclature imported to the European Union from countries outside the Union (so-called third countries) and fishery products exported from the Union to third countries.
The catch certificate is one of the documents to be attached to the customs declaration when importing fishery products covered by the catch certification scheme to the European Union. By a properly validated catch certificate the importer demonstrates that the fish from which the fishery product has been processed was caught in accordance with the rules and regulations concerning fishing in force in the area concerned. Imports may also involve processing of the products in a third country, in which case a processing statement (Annex IV) validated by the competent authority of the third country concerned is required for imports. The processing statement must be accompanied by properly validated catch certificates and documents used for transport which show the origin of the fishery products.
When exporting fishery products covered by the scheme from the European Union, the catch certificate validated by the competent authority of Finland must be attached to the customs documents if the fishery product is to be reimported to the Union as such or as a further processed product. A third country may also require a catch certificate on Finnish fishery products even if the product were not intended to be reimported to the European Union market.
In Finland the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Uusimaa inspects the catch certificates and processing statements (Annex IV) of fishery products imported to the European Union and it is also responsible for the validation of the catch certificates of fishery product consignments exported from Finland to third countries.
An electronic service has been established for importers and forwarders by which an importer of fishery products can submit the import application to the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Uusimaa. The processing by the authority takes place and the decision is made in the electronic system and the decision is sent to the applicant and Customs in electronic form.
To use the service the importers must obtain a KATSO identifier (KATSO ID) from the Tax Administration.
Forms and instructions:
LIS-Europeiska gemenskapens fångstintyg
LIS-European Community Catch Certificate
Ohjeet saalistodistuslomakkeen täyttämiseksi (vienti)
FAO:n kalalajikoodit ja kalalajit (vienti)
Southwest Finland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-centre)
Mari-Anna Närhi, tel. 0295 021 175
Petri Savola, tel. 0295 021 460
Switchboard, tel. 0295 022 500
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Harri Kukka, Ministerial Adviser
Natural Resources Department, Fisheries Industry
tel. 0295 162 377, firstname.lastname(at)mmm.fi