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EXPORT APPLICATIONS

EXPORT APPLICATIONS:

A. General documents required:

  1. Completed Ministry of Trade Form in duplicate
  2. First time applicant, individual:
    1. Original and copy of Advice of Assignment of BIR Number and Account Numbers
    2. Original and copy of National Identification
  3. All required additional documents such as Vessel Details must also be completed in the required format and submitted in triplicate
  4. First time applicant (company):
    1. Certificate of Incorporation
    2. VAT registration (if applicable)
    3. Original and copy of Advice of Assignment of BIR Number and Account Numbers issued by the Board of Inland revenue

B. General information required:

  1. Complete address of the Applicant
  2. Contact number and /or email address for the Applicant
  3.  Complete address of the Supplier
  4.  Scientific name (accurate spelling) comprising genus and species eg. Thunnus albacares (or else, at the very least, the genus eg Thunnus sp.) for all listed species on the application.
  5. Specify the unit of weight i.e. lbs or kg or tonnes
  6. Specify for each species the price in TTD per weight unit
  7.  Accurate currency calculations in TTD and USD (if provided)
  8. TTD – USD exchange rate

C. The following documents (‘Returns’) must be submitted with or before making a new application:

  1. Copy of previously approved (by the Fisheries Division) Application for Licence to Export Goods into Trinidad and Tobago;
  2. Copy of Export Licence (issued by Ministry of Trade and Industry) with the “Exportations against this Licence” (located at back of Licence) or copy of printout “Approval Confirmation (letter or email) from Ministry of Trade;
  3. In cases where it is not possible to attain the “Exportations against this Licence” (located at back of Licence) the Baggage Receipt and the Official Receipts can be submitted.
  4. Copy of Form eC82 or drawdown list from the Customs and Excise Division
  5. Packing List (s) [if provided]

D. Details of actual exports on previous Export Licence must be submitted with or before making a new application:

E. Shrimp will not be approved for export to the United States of America

F. Due to their threatened/overexploited status, and in accordance with international fisheries management recommendations/measures, the following species will not be approved for export:

  1. Species listed under the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): Appendix I – https://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
    These species include:
    Sawfishes (Pristidae spp)
    Pangasid catfish (Pangasianodon gigas)
  2. Species managed by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) –
    https://www.iccat.int/Documents/Recs/COMPENDIUM_ACTIVE_ENG.pdf
    These species include, but are not limited to:

Sharks

    • Bigeye Thresher Shark (Alopias superciliosus)
    • Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus)
    • Hammerhead Sharks (family Sphyrnidae, except Sphyrna tiburo)
    • Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis)
    • Shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrhynchus)
    • Fins from ALL SPECIES of sharks

Billfish

    • White marlin(Tetrapturus albidus)

Note that several countries are taking measures to prevent entry of shark fins to their domestic market e.g. Canada prohibits the import of shark fins that are not attached to the carcass – https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/c-68/royal-assent

3.  Species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species – These species include, but are not limited to:

4.  Sea Cucumbers – Holothuria spp. – as a precautionary approach due to uncertainties of the impacts of removal of sea cucumbers on populations of other commercial species and the related marine ecosystem.

G. Due to their threatened/overexploited status, and in accordance with international fisheries management recommendations/measures, the export of the following species will be regulated:

  1. Species listed under CITES Appendix II – https://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
    A CITES export permit  must be obtained from the Forestry Division. These species include, but are not limited to:

    • Queen Conch (previously Strombus gigas, now called Lobatus gigas)
    • Pelagic thresher (Alopias pelagicus)
    • Thresher (Alopias vulpinis)
    • Eagle rays (Manta spp)
    • Mobulis rays (Mobula spp)
    • Whale shark (Rhincodon typus)
  2. Species under management recommendation of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). These species include, but are not limited to:

         Tunas

  •     Bigeye Tuna (Thunnus obesus) – Under the Statistical Document Programme (see 2C(vii)) a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) must be acquired from the Fisheries Division as part of the export documentation for the species.

   Swordfish

  • North Atlantic Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) – Trinidad and Tobago has a quota for this species. Under the Statistical Document Programme (see 2C(vii)) a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) must be acquired from the Fisheries Division as part of the export documentation for the species.

Billfish

  • Blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) – Trinidad and Tobago has a quota for this species.

H. The following additional details with respect to the fishing vessel(s) are required for tunas, mackerels, marlins, swordfish, sharks, snappers and groupers being exported from Trinidad and Tobago (country of origin). All vessel details must be provided in the following format below:

VESSEL NAME VESSEL REG. # FLAG OF VESSEL OWNER OWNER CONTACT
TEL #
OWNER
ADDRESS
FISHING METHOD FISHING AREA
1.
2.

 

I. In accordance with the United States Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP)https://www.iuufishing.noaa.gov/RecommendationsandActions/RECOMMENDATION1415/FinalRuleTraceability.aspx – which aims to combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) and seafood fraud, US importers must retain a record of the supply chain data (traceability requirements) for 13 priority species/species groups – the following species/species groups are of relevance to Trinidad and Tobago:

  1.  Atlantic Blue crab
  2.  Dolphinfish(Mahi Mahi)
  3. Grouper
  4. Red King Crab
  5. Red Snapper
  6. Sharks
  7. Swordfish
  8. Tunas
    1. Albacore
    2. Bigeye
    3. Skipjack
    4. Yellowfin

Approval for the export of any of the above species/ species groups to the United States of America would therefore require the following additional information with respect to the vessel(s). All vessel details must be provided in the following format below:

VESSEL NAME VESSEL REG. # FLAG OF VESSEL OWNER OWNER CONTACT
TEL #
OWNER
ADDRESS
FISHING METHOD FISHING AREA
1.
2.

 

J. Requirement for a Health Certificate – specifically for high risk species – the Competent Authority (Chemistry, Food and Drug Division of the Ministry of Health) should be contacted to ascertain whether or not a Health Certificate is required.

K. Exports of live fish (including crabs, lobsters and other marine fauna) must be notified to the Director of Fisheries at least 48 hours in advance and may be subject to inspection in accordance with the requirements of the Customs and Excise Division.

L. Bait species – the Director of Fisheries is to be informed in writing of the intended purpose for the exportation of bait species (whether fresh or processed). Section 5 of the Fisheries Regulations specifies that: No Sardine shall be sold except to a bona fide fisherman for the purpose of bait.