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NOAA Form 370: Fisheries Certificate of Origin
The NOAA Form 370, Fisheries Certificate of Origin [pdf], is required to accompany all imports of frozen and/or processed tuna products and is to be submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the time of importation and to the TTVP within 10 days of entry. It is important that all NOAA Form 370s be filled out properly and completely. In particular, Section 1 of the form asks for the U.S. Customs entry number. This piece of information should be readily available from the U.S. customs broker handling the entry. Incomplete forms may lead to a delay or rejection of the filed paperwork by CBP. This form is not required for fresh tuna.
For fishing trips (other than those in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) by large purse seine vessels having a carrying capacity of more than 400 short tons (362.8 mt)) that begin on or after May 21, 2016, the following statement signed by the captain of the vessel will be required for tuna labeled dolphin-safe, certifying that:
1) no purse seine net or other fishing gear was intentionally deployed on or used to encircle dolphins during the fishing trip and that no dolphins were killed or seriously injured in the sets or other gear deployments in which the tuna were caught, and 2) completion of the NMFS TTVP dolphin-safe captain’s training course.
Regulations for tuna harvested by large purse seine vessels in the ETP remain unchanged: an International Dolphin Conservation Program-member nation certification is still required. In addition, regulations regarding Captain's statement requirements for trips which began before May 21, 2016 also remain unchanged.
The importer of record must, within ten days of the shipment's entry, submit a copy of the Fisheries Certificate of Origin and associated certifications to the Tuna Tracking and Verification Program. Documentation may be sent via mail in either printed or electronic format to:
Tuna Tracking and Verification Program
P.O. Box 32469
Long Beach, CA 90832-2469
As of June 4, 2015, Italy is no longer identified as a Large-Scale High Seas Driftnet nation (see Federal Register notice here). Therefore, a NOAA Form 370 is not required for non-tuna products specified in regulations at 50 CFR 216.24(f)(2)(iii). A NOAA Form 370 is still required for all imports of frozen and/or processed tuna and tuna products, including those from Italy. However, an Italian Government representative is no longer required to complete Box 7 of the NOAA Form 370.
Instructions for completing the NOAA Form 370 (Fisheries Certificate of Origin) are found on page 2 of the form.
- NOAA Form 370 (Fisheries Certificate of Origin) [pdf] - 2016
- Captain's Statement Templates
- Compliance Guide for the Importation of Tuna
- Harmonized Tariff Schedule for Selected Tuna and Tuna Products
- Harmonized Tariff Schedule Numbers for Products of Italian Origin
- Tuna Dolphin Embargo Status
- Import Statistics
Note: The National Marine Fisheries Service does not recommend or endorse individual private companies or their products.
Updated: March 23, 2016