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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. 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
P.O. Box 32469
Long Beach, CA 90832-2469
In addition, Italy is considered a Large Scale High Seas Driftnet nation (64 FR 34217). Import shipments from Italy containing fish and fish products specified in regulations at 50 CFR 216.24(f)(2)(iii) must also be accompanied by a NOAA Form 370, and an official of the government of Italy must sign and date the high seas driftnet certification on the form (Box 7) to certify that the fish or fish products were not harvested using a large scale driftnet on the high seas.
Instructions for completing the form are found on page 2 of the form.
- NOAA Form 370 (Fisheries Certificate of Origin) [pdf]
- 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: April 10, 2014