Imports and exports
Before you can import live fish, molluscs and/or crustacea into the UK, you must be authorised as an aquaculture production business by the Fish Health Inspectorate.
For all imports or exports of dead fish and shellfish for human consumption please see the Food Standards Agency website. For imports of endangered species please see CITES on Animal Health’s website. For imports of pets please contact the Fish Health Inspectorate.
All consignments of fish, molluscs and/or crustacea from outside the European Union (EU) need to be accompanied by a health certificate. This is issued by the competent authority in the country of origin and confirms the health status of the fish, molluscs or crustacea in the consignment.
If you are importing fish, molluscs and/or crustacea from within the EU, your consignments only need to be accompanied by a health certificate if they include species that are susceptible to, or carriers of, an EU controlled disease. In both cases you need to notify the appropriate authority before your imports arrive.
This guide explains the authorisations and documentation you need in order to import live fish, molluscs and crustacea. It also gives guidance on what happens if errors occur, and the steps you must take when exporting.