Mexico - Export requirements for fish and seafood

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Eligible/Ineligible product

Eligible

  • All fish and seafood products

Pre-export approvals by the competent authority of the importing country

Import permit

  • The importer must obtain an import permit from the appropriate Mexican authority prior to arrival of products at the border. See "Documentation Requirements" below. A turn around time of 2-5 days is required to obtain the permit.

Product specifications

  • Food in lead-soldered cans is not permitted.
  • Fresh-chilled and frozen product:
    • Parasites: 2 parasites/kg of sample unit
    • Foreign matter: none
  • Salted fish must either:
    1. have a moisture content of 40% or less (maximum 40% humidity); or
    2. have a salt (NaCl) content of 20% or more (minimum of 20% NaCl) based on the wet weight of the product.
    • Salted fish which does not meet this standard may be further tested for microbiological contaminants and if found to be unsatisfactory, could be rejected.

Maximum levels for chemical contaminants

  1. All fish and seafood products:
    • Ammoniacal Nitrogen: 30 mg/100 g
  2. Fresh-chilled and frozen product and canned crustaceans:
    • Cadmium (Cd): 0.5 ppm
    • Lead (Pb): 1.0 ppm
    • Tin (Sn): canned goods: 100.0 ppm

Maximum levels for radionuclides (not for canned goods)

  • Cesium 134 & Cesium 137: 370 Bq/kg
  • Iodine 131: 70 Bq/kg

Documentation requirements

Prior to export:

  • The exporter must provide the importer with a copy of the following documents:
    1. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Certificate issued by Canada Border Services Agency
    2. Master Certificate of Fish Health and Hygiene for Mexico (CFIA/ACIA 5206) issued by CFIA prior to the first export of a fish product.
      • Master certificates and statements are issued so that the importer can obtain a permit which covers a set time period and is not obliged to obtain one for each shipment.
      • For all fish and seafood:
      • Master Certificate of Fish Health and Hygiene for Mexico (CFIA/ACIA 5206)

        The following statements/information must be included on the certificate:

        "This certificate covers all shipments of fish products described above, for the period ending [date]"

At time of export:

The following certificate(s) must accompany the shipment along with a copy of the import permit:

  1. For all fish and seafood:

    Certificate of Fish Health and Hygiene for Mexico (CFIA/ACIA 5206)

    The following statements/information must be included on the certificate:

    "This Certificate is issued pursuant to Master Certificate # space [Dated]".

  2. For live crustaceans:

    Certificate of Fish Health and Hygiene for Mexico (CFIA/ACIA 5206)

    The following statements/information must be included on the certificate:

    "This Certificate is issued pursuant to Master Certificate # space [Dated]"

    Aquatic Animal Health and Sanitary Certificate (AQAH-1062)

  3. For non-live crustaceans and their products:

    Certificate of Fish Health and Hygiene for Mexico (CFIA/ACIA 5206)

    The following statements/information must be included on the certificate:

    "This Certificate is issued pursuant to Master Certificate # space [Dated]"

    Product description area must include:

    1. the scientific and common name of the species,; and,
    2. the latitude and longitude of the zone where the crustaceans were harvested.
    • The latitude and longitude should be expressed as a range. If the product is harvested in other areas (e.g., China) and was only processed in Canada, the original harvesting area must be noted.
    • Examples of latitude and longitude ranges for products harvested in Canada are as follows:

      Latitude: > 40° N, < 80° N

      Longitude: Pacific: Longitude: < 140° W, > 120° W
      Atlantic: Longitude: > 70° W, < 34° W

Other information

For requirements related to "Product of Canada" designation, please refer to Country of Origin Declaration - Imported Product Exported From Canada

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