UK: Seafish launches guide to seafood import legislation –

UK: Seafish launches guide to seafood import legislation Published:  28 July, 2006

SEAFISH has published a guide for the seafood industry entitled “Seafood Imports: Legislation and Official Procedures” to assist seafood importers with the legal requirements they face.

The guide covers:

· regulation – how import legislation is shaped by international, European and UK law;

· the principal legislation;

· who does what in the UK;

· what veterinary checks are and what they cover;

· border Inspection Post procedures;

· rejected consignments; and

· official web site addresses for information.

One example of how useful the guide can be is the section concerning importing consignments of seafood across borders. There is an important set of protocols and procedures that need to be followed for seafood imports to clear Border Inspection Points (BIPs) and the Seafish guide addresses all of these in detail. If this advice is followed correctly consignments should get through without any delay – essential if a business is importing fresh produce.

Seafish Food Standards Officer, Ivan Bartolo, said: “This guide is essential for any seafood importer. It will help them navigate the legislative framework surrounding seafood imports and will hopefully save them a lot of time and effort.”

To download the guide, go to and click on ‘Seafood Imports’. For a hard copy please contact Ivan Bartolo, Food Standards Officer, Seafish on 01482 327 837 or email is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.