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International Trade Permit

The Highly Migratory Species (HMS) International Trade Permit program regulates trade, including import, export, and re-export, of the following:

Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)
Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
Bigeye tuna (frozen) (Thunnus obesus)
Shark fin

The Regulations are located at 50 CFR Part 300 Subpart M and were last modified in a Final Rule published on June 2, 2008.

In addition to the requirements identified here, there are additional import documentation requirements for frozen or processed tuna.  Please go to to determine which requirements apply to your product.

Bluefin Tuna Exporters can create Bluefin Tuna Catch Documents (BCD) online with NOAA's new, secure, and easy-to-use online reporting system. Here's how:

  1. Click on the NOAA Bluefin Tuna Catch Document System logo below or go online to:
  1. Follow the steps to create your account. Make sure you have your International Trade Permit number handy to complete the registration.
  1. Follow the system prompts to fill in the necessary catch and trade related data.
  1. Print and sign your BCD submission and its ready for your export documentation package.
  1. Email, Fax, or mail a copy of the BCD to: or (228) 762-7144 or Tuna/Swordfish Reporting, 3209 Frederic St., Pascagoula, MS 39567.

    Note: Once the new eBCD system has been in place for a sufficient amount of time, transmission of a copy will no longer be necessary.

Compliance Guide
This Compliance Guide summarizes HMS International Trade Permit program permitting and reporting requirements. If there is a discrepancy between the regulations and this guide, the regulations will take precedence.

Permit Application and Reporting Forms

International Trade Permit Application Form

Current List of HMS ITP Holders

For additional information on International Trade Permits, contact:

NMFS Southeast Regional Office Permits Team
263 13 th Avenue, South
St. Petersburg , FL 33701

Reporting and Trade Forms

Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

Bigeye Tuna

Bigeye Tuna



ITP Regulations
ICCAT Bluefin Tuna Catch Document Instructions
HMS International Trade Permit Fact Sheet
HMS Import/Export Reporting Requirements Presentation March 2011



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