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NOAA Form 370: Fisheries Certificate of Origin

Tuna Tracking and Verification Program


Contact TTVP


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. 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.

New dolphin-safe labeling regulations became effective July 13, 2013. A captain's statement is now required for every fishing trip, regardless of the fishing location or fishing gear used, with the exception of large purse seine vessels fishing in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP).

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.

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
NOAA Fisheries
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.

Note: The National Marine Fisheries Service does not recommend or endorse individual private companies or their products.

Updated: June 11, 2015