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Tuna Importation Requirements

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Online Compliance Guide for the Importation of Tuna - effective September 20, 2016

This online Compliance Guide summarizes the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) permitting and reporting requirements associated with the importation of tunas of the genus Thunnus and for skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis or Euthynnus pelamis) on or after September 20, 2016. If there is a discrepancy between the regulations and this guide, the regulation will take precedence:

In addition, NMFS is responsible for the enforcement of embargoes of imported tuna. The embargoes apply to yellowfin tuna and yellowfin tuna products harvested by purse seine in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (by certain nations). It is highly recommended you confirm the product you intend to import is not subject to an embargo before purchasing.

Failure to comply with the requirements and deadlines of the import monitoring programs detailed below is a violation of federal law for which significant penalties, including forfeiture of imported product, may be assessed. All such violations are referred to the NOAA Office for Law Enforcement for appropriate action. If you believe you may have violated federal law, NMFS strongly recommends that you immediately self-report the violation to the NOAA Office for Law Enforcement.

As a reference, the common name and scientific name for tuna species are shown below:

To begin using this online compliance guide, click on the link that answers the following question:

What type of tuna product are you importing?

Fresh Product

What tuna species are you importing?

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Frozen Product

What tuna species are you importing?
(Please select from one of the three choices shown below)

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In Airtight Containers, Prepared or Preserved Loins, or Balls and Cakes

Does your product contain Atlantic Bluefin, Pacific Bluefin, or Southern Bluefin tuna?

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Updated: October 3, 2016