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Direct landing of fish to the EU from 1 January 2021

​About direct landing

To be considered a direct landing, the catch must remain on the vessel on which it was caught and be taken directly to the EU. The catch must not have been previously landed, offloaded for temporary storage or transferred to another vessel for transit to the EU.

Jersey vessels will be able to direct land their own catches of crustaceans and fin fish into Carteret and Granville which are now designated for direct landings under the illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) regulations and the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) scheme of control and enforcement.  Please note St Malo is not designated by NEAFC for direct landings but is a Border Control Post (BCP) which can process exports of fishery products.

Crustaceans and fin fish

Direct landings of live Crustaceans and Fin Fish that have not undergone secondary processing are permitted as these species are exempt from the EU sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements for an Export Health Certificate.

Live Bivalve Molluscs (Scallops and Clams) and Marine Gastropods (Whelks)

You can't land Live Bivalve Molluscs (Scallops and Clams) and Marine Gastropods (Whelks) into the EU as these require health certification under the EU SPS regulations. See 'Exporting Fish to the EU' leaflet for more information).

What you need to do

To be ready to direct land your catch from the 1 January 2021 you must take the following steps:

  1. Register for the Fish Export Service. The Fish Export Service guide on gov.uk will enable you to create a Catch Certificate and provide links to create a Prior Notification of Landing, and a Pre-Landing Declaration. These catch documents are required to be sent under the IUU regulations 3 to 5 hours in advance of direct landing to Centre National de Surveillance des Pêches, Email: cnsp-france@developpement-durable.gouv.fr, Tel: 0033 297 293 427, Fax: 0033 297 552 375
  2. Register your vessel with NEAFC. Jersey vessels will need to direct land fish into NEAFC designated ports (Carteret and Granville). In order to be ready you should:

The NEAFC Electronic Port State Control System will enable you to complete PSC1 form which is also required to be sent via the online system under the NEAFC scheme of control and enforcement currently 24 hours in advance of landing, although a shorter period has been requested.

If you wish to land your own catch directly into France next year and have not yet registered for these systems you should do so now. The Fish Export Service is now live so please do not create any test documents. If you need help you can call the specialist team on 0330 159 1989. This helpline is now open 24/7.  Please follow this link for the Creating a Catch Certificate Video.

When direct landing you should ensure you have your current fishing licence, certificate of registry and any other relevant documents on board. We also recommend that you send copies of all catch documentation to fisheries@gov.je so we have a copy to hand in case there are any problems.

3. Apply to Jersey Environmental Health Department to be registered and 'Approved' as a food business. Fisheries products will need to be landed into the EU from a vessel 'Approved' under food hygiene regulations and will then be listed with the EU for export purposes. This gives you an Approval Number that must feature on your paperwork. Email environmentalhealth@gov.je

4. Apply for an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Number. If your vessel is over 12 metres long, and you intend to fish in EU waters, you will need to apply for an IMO number.

5.Customs Requirements. The Brexit Business Trade provides guidance on importing and exporting goods, the introduction of new border controls and information on an Economic Operator Requisition and Identification (EORI numbers).

6. As these are European measures we strongly recommend that you ask your buyer in France to check the requirements with the French Authorities.

Customs queries

Jersey Customs Agents may be able to answer specific customs related questions in relation to the impact that Brexit may have on Jersey businesses. Email customs@gov.je or phone +44 (0) 1534 448000

French Authorities

IUU and NEAFC documentation must be received and approved by the French Authorities at the email address below. If the documents are ok they will email you approval to land. You should not attempt to land without approval. 

It is thought that the French Authorities who authorise landing may only be working normal office hours, we are trying to clarify the situation. You should contact the French Authorities by email to confirm they have received your forms and are able to approve them:

IUU Documents 

Catch Certificates, Pre Landing Declaration and Prior Notification Forms

The UK Fish Export Service 24/7 helpline number is +44 (0) 330 159 1989.  In the first instance contact the helpline number if you encounter any problems with IUU documents. They are dealing with calls from across the UK and Crown Dependencies and may have experience with similar issues.

NEAFC Port State Control (PSC1) Form

The UK FMC  (Fisheries Monitoring Centre) number is +44 (0) 131 244 2286 or email UKFMC@gov.scot. The UK FMC have to verify your NEAFC PSC, if they have not been able to verify your form they may be able to advise why and what you need to do to correct the form.

Once the UK FMC have completed Part B of the PSC1 form it will be transmitted to the French Authorities. If Part B has been verified they will complete Part C of the PSC1 which is your authorisation to land.

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