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Tuna/Dolphin Embargo Status Update

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ATTENTION: On December 15, 2017, all Dolphin-Safe Tuna Tracking & Verification Program web pages will be migrated to:

The Fisheries Certificate of Origin (NOAA Form 370), is required for shipments of tuna and tuna products identified by Harmonized Tariff Schedule item numbers under 50 CFR 216.24(f) from all nations. A Captain's statement or an IDCP certificate is required for all NOAA Form 370 submissions to attest to the dolphin-safe status of the tuna shipment. In addition, embargoes of certain categories of yellowfin tuna are in effect. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the following determinations.

Primary Nations

A primary nation embargo may be imposed against any nation that harvests yellowfin tuna in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) using purse seine vessels that have more than 400 short tons (363 metric tons) carrying capacity if that nation has not received an affirmative finding from the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS. Affirmative finding requirements and instructions for applying for an affirmative finding may be found at 50 CFR 216.24 (f). Other species of tuna caught in the ETP and yellowfin tuna caught in the ETP using a fishing method other than purse seining are not subject to tuna/dolphin embargoes.

Primary nation embargoes cover all yellowfin tuna or products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by purse seine vessels of, or exported from, the following nations:

Intermediary Nations Subject to Import Prohibitions

Status of Yellowfin Tuna Embargoes

List of Primary and Secondary Countries

Belize 10/3/00
Bolivia 10/3/00
Colombia 10/3/00
Honduras 10/3/00
Nicaragua 10/3/00
Panama 10/3/00
Vanuatu 10/3/00
Venezuela 10/3/00

For general information concerning importing or exporting of tuna products, please call NMFS at (562) 980-4073 or (562) 980-4035, or fax at (562) 980-4047.

1 Yellowfin tuna or products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by purse seine vessels of, or exported from, primary embargo countries.

The following countries have Affirmative Findings:(2)

Mexico April 1, 2015-March 31, 2020
Spain April 1, 2015-March 31, 2020
Ecuador April 1, 2015-March 31, 2020
Guatemala April 1, 2015-March 31, 2020
El Salvador April 1, 2013-March 31, 2018
Peru April 1, 2017-March 31, 2022

2 All Affirmative Findings are subject to annual review. More information on Affirmative Findings can be found on our website.

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Updated: June 15, 2017