AFMA

New US regulations regarding statistical reporting of swordfish, frozen bigeye tuna, northern bluefin tuna and southern bluefin tuna

Reminder to all Commonwealth fish receivers

On 1 July 2005, new US regulations regarding statistical reporting of swordfish, frozen bigeye tuna, northern bluefin tuna and southern bluefin tuna came into operation. These regulations require that any of these species exported into the US must be accompanied by an appropriate export document.

During the later half of 2004, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and AFMA implemented the Australian Fish Export Statistical Document Program to meet the requirements of these upcoming export requirements. This program has been in operation since November 2004 (286kb), and applies to exports of frozen bigeye tuna, broadbill swordfish and northern bluefin tuna. The CCSBT Trade Information Scheme (TIS) has been in operation since 2000 and applies to all exports of SBT (286kb). Both these programs comply with the new US regulations.

Any exports of southern bluefin tuna, northern bluefin tuna, frozen bigeye tuna and broadbill swordfish must be accompanied by an appropriately validated statistical document. Exports not accompanied by this document may be rejected or destroyed by importing nations. Commonwealth licensed fish receivers, who have registered with AFMA, are authorised to validate these forms on behalf of the Australian Government.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Anne Shepherd or Colleen Cross on (02) 6272 5286.