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International Trade Permits

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

The Regulations are located at 50 CFR Part 300 Subpart M and were last modified in a Final Rule published on April 1, 2016.

In addition to the requirements identified here, there are additional import documentation requirements for frozen or processed tuna. To determine thich requirements apply to your product, visit the Online Compliance Guide for the Importation of Tuna.

Effective May 1, 2016, HMS International Trade Permit holders must enter catch and trade information for export, re-export, and import of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the ICCAT Electronic Bluefin Tuna Catch Documentation (eBCD) System. For assistance using the eBCD System, please refer to the User Manual and Compliance Guide or contact Customer Service at (301) 427-8589 or nmfs.ebcd@noaa.gov.

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 the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office Permits Team at (727) 824-5326.

Reporting and Trade Forms

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

eBCD system
Catch Document
Re-Export Certificate
Biweekly Report

Pacific Bluefin Tuna 

Catch Document
Re-Export Certificate
Biweekly Report

Swordfish

Statistical Document
Re-Export Certificate
Biweekly Report

Southern Bluefin Tuna

Catch Document
Re-Export Certificate
Biweekly Report

Atlantic Bigeye Tuna (frozen)

Statistical Document
Re-Export Certificate
Biweekly Report

Pacific Bigeye Tuna (frozen)

Statistical Document
Re-Export Certificate
Biweekly Report

 

Additional Information