CIRCULAR "MANDATORY REGISTRATION ON ICCAT PORTAL FOR ALL OPERATORS IN THE BLUEFIN TUNA CATCHING CHAIN"

OBLIGATION TO REGISTER ON THE ICCAT PORTAL FOR ALL OPERATORS IN THE BLUEFIN TUNA CATCHING CHAIN

Notice is hereby given that all operators in the supply chain, from capture to marketing of bluefin tuna, including restaurants and fishmongers are required to register on the web portal prepared by ICCAT and fulfill the resulting regulatory obligations.
ICCAT, the International Commission for the Conservation ofAtlantic Tunas, to which the European Union is a contracting party, is a fisheries management organization: the EU has adopted the recommendations that ICCAT has made regarding the maintenance of populations of tuna and tuna-like species.

Article 3 of Reg. (EC) 640/2010 requires that each consignment of bluefin tuna traded domestically, imported into or exported or re-exported from the territory of the Union, be accompanied by a validated catch document: the same article states that domestic trade, imports, exports and re-exports of bluefin tuna that are not accompanied by a catch document are prohibited. "Domestic trade" is defined as:

  • trade, within a Member State or between two or more Member States, in bluefin tuna caught in the ICCAT Convention area by a Union catching vessel or trap and landed on Union territory;
  • trade, within a Member State or between two or more Member States, of farmed bluefin tuna caught in the ICCAT Convention area by a Union catching vessel or trap and caged in a farming facility established in the territory of the Union.

The subsequent Article 4 of the aforementioned Reg. stipulates that "masters of catching vessels, operators of tuna traps and rearing facilities, dealers, exporters must electronically complete, a catch document by providing the required information in the corresponding sections and request its validation in accordance with paragraph 2 each time they carry out a landing, transfer, caging, harvesting, transshipment, domestic trade operation an export of bluefin tuna".

Consequently, the bluefin tuna catch document (eBCD) is the document by which the traceability of the different stages of the bluefin tuna exploitation chain, from capture to marketing, is reconstructed and ensured, as for each exchange along the chain, the wholesaler supplying bluefin tuna to the buyer other than the final consumer must generate a BCD with specific information.

The electronic procedure requires the seller and buyer to be registered on the web portal so that the wholesaler selling bluefin tuna can find the customer in the database list when entering the online commercial transaction.
To accomplish this, it is necessary for all operators in the supply chain, from catch to marketing, including restaurants and fishmongers, to be registered on the web portal set up by ICCAT, https://etuna.iccat.int/Pages/UserPublicRegistration.aspx?n=N.

See the following case studies:

  • companies buying and selling bluefin tuna must register as both "Importer" and "Exporter" and must enter "Importer/Exporter" under "Job Title";
  • restaurants selling bluefin tuna only to the final consumer must register only as "Importer" and enter only the words "Food Services" under "Job Title".

The restaurant or fishmonger customer, once registered, can access the portal with his or her account to verify that the eBCD correctly filled out by the supplier is present and keep it as a document attesting to the legality of the business transaction.
It is forbidden to violate the obligations laid down in the relevant European and national regulations in force regarding labeling, traceability, correct information to the final consumer, in relation to all lots of fishery and aquaculture products, at any stage of production, processing and distribution, from catching or harvesting to retail sale: the Legislative Decree 4/2012, as reformulated by subsequent regulations, provides that anyone who violates the prohibitions placed is subject, unless the fact constitutes a crime, to the payment of the financial administrative penalty, from € 750.00 to € 4,500.00.

The firm offers its professionalism in order to support the fulfillment of this obligation.

 

Remaining at your disposal,

we cordially greet

 

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