The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced on Friday, February 4, 2022, that the United States and the European Union (EU) have concluded negotiations to allow for the resumption of bilateral trade in bivalve molluscan shellfish. For the first time since 2011, U.S. producers, beginning in the states of Massachusetts and Washington, will be eligible to export live, raw and processed bivalve molluscan shellfish to the EU, including oysters, clams, mussels, and whole or roe-on scallops. EU producers in Spain and the Netherlands will also be eligible to export live and raw bivalve molluscan shellfish to the United States. See: United States and European Union to Resume Trade in Live, Bivalve Shellfish.
As the final administrative step after the equivalence determination was announced in September 2020, today, the European Commission adopted and published the export health certificate that will be issued by the Seafood Inspection Program at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that must accompany shellfish exported to the European Union. [EUR-Lex – 32022R0158 – EN – EUR-Lex (europa.eu)] The certificate will become effective on February 27, 2022, which is the date that bilateral trade between the United States and the EU can begin. Eligible U.S. exporters may find additional information about the certificate on NOAA’s website [Export Certification to the European Union | NOAA Fisheries] and [NOAA Announces New Molluscan Shellfish Health Certificate for Product Exported to the EU | NOAA Fisheries].
On February 27, 2022, U.S. establishments interested in importing bivalve molluscan shellfish from the Netherlands or Spain may refer to the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List for an updated listing of certified shippers and growing areas.
Please refer to FDA’s webpage for questions and answers as well as additional details on requirements for shellfish traded between the United States and the EU:
- Questions and Answers on Shellfish Traded Between the United States and Certain Member States of the European Union | FDA
- Shellfish Export Lists | FDA
Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to ShellfishEquivalence@fda.hhs.gov