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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
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Obligatory EU certification plan unveiled
Argentina - Domestic fish and shellfish that enter the European Union (EU) as from 1 January 2010 must be accompanied by a certificate that guarantees its legal origin. The measure is part of a plan drafted by Community authorities to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
According to said requisite, the fishing industry will have to guarantee that all marine products were obtained per EU Regulation 1005/08, fisheries authorities explained in a seminar on the reaches of the EU’s new requirements.
The normative puts forth that fish or shellfish was obtained by vessels with valid permits, outside banned zones, with authorised fishing gear and within the quota assigned, among other conditions.
In Argentina, the certification will be granted by the Argentine Fisheries Subsecretariat.
“We see that the conditions of entry are ever stricter. At any rate, Regulation [1005/08] finds Argentina in a very good position as a result of the action plans that we have been implementing so far,” said the national director of Fisheries Coordination, Marcelo Santos, on the matter.
Argentina presented the EU with its own model of certification, and detailed the normative backing and the authorities responsible that sustain it, Pescare reports.
“It is not possible to certify what is not known. We must certify 100 per cent of captures, otherwise it would not make sense. For that reason we are also requesting collaboration from the provinces,” the official added.
Authorities contend it will be necessary to certify around 40,000 operations annually, of which more than 40 per cent are earmarked for the European market.
Nonetheless, the government clarified that the objective is to begin to certify all landings regardless of international destination.
According to technical adviser Juan Jose Buono, “although security details must still be worked out, the Web applications [forms via Internet] are finalised.”
The certification scheme includes the following stages:
* Vessel: the captain will have to emit fishing lots electronically (haul per haul/final) or via radio reports;
* Landings: the inspector “uploads” landing activities to the system;
* Fisheries Subsecretariat: Cross-references data with others referring to permits, monitoring, assigned quota, etc; From there, the legal capture verification is emitted within 48 hours. Twenty-four hours later, the applicant would obtain the certificate to send to the importer.
“The importer must have the certificate of legal capture about three or four working days prior to withdrawing merchandise. The process, in general, implies a major learning curve, for that reason we are going to institute help desks and technical support,” Sanchez said.
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