Legal requirements for importing fish into the European Union
Council Directive 2006/88/2006 sets out the rules for the importing of aquaculture animals and products into the European Union (EU). The Aquatic Animal Health Regulations (NI) 2009 transposes this directive into Northern Ireland law.
Detailed rules on the movement of aquaculture animals and the placing on the market of aquaculture animals and products are set out in the Regulations. Commission Regulation (EC) no 1251/2008 sets out the certificates required for the placing on the market of imports into the EU.
All imports from third countries must enter the United Kingdom through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) and be accompanied by the appropriate health certification which has been completed by the Competent Authority of the exporting country.
There is no BIP in Northern Ireland for importing fish, therefore imports from third countries must enter via Great Britain or Ireland (or any other approved BIP within the EU). For details of BIPs in Great Britain contact the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).