In order to streamline processes for fish importation to Liberia and to ensure that fish brought to the country are caught legally, a number of procedures have been set up for the granting of import permit for fish.
In order to be granted a permit for fish importation to Liberia, the official application form and required accompanying documents must be completed and returned seven (7) days before the arrival of the fish carrier. Note that this is the period that will be required by the BNF to complete the due diligence process; applications for shorter time periods will not be accepted.
Guidelines - The following are the steps required to import fish into Liberia:
- Obtain a certificate or attestation from the fisheries directorate of the country(ies) of origin of the supply, approving the export of fish from that country
- Obtain an invoice from the consigner detailing the quantities in tons and cartons (or bags) of the individual species to be imported
- Complete an application form (available for download above or at the Bureau of National Fisheries) and include all required documentation
- Receive approval for the importation (applications that are refused must be transported out of Liberian waters at the importer’s expense)
- Receive a bill for payment from the Bureau of National Fisheries, to be paid to the Fisheries Management Fund in the Ministry of Finance
- Return the receipt of payment to the Bureau of National Fisheries
- Receive the Permit for Importation
- A copy of the port clearance must be submitted to the Bureau of National Fisheries on arrival of consignment before discharge
- Submit to a dockside inspection during the offloading procedure. The Bureau of National Fisheries has the right to refuse import of fish or penalise the importer if discrepancies in the cargo are discovered during this inspection.
Download the official import application form here, or pick up a copy at the Bureau of National Fisheries
The following documents must be included with the application:
- invoice of the consignment indicating the quantity of fish
- type of each species of fish and amounts
- certification of export from the fisheries department from the country of origin
- copy of all transhipment documents, including position of transhipment
- copy of licenses for all fishing vessels that have supplied the carrier
- copy of ship registration documents
- bill of landing and port clearance from the country of origin
Upon submission of the above documentations, the Fish Import Permit Committee of the Bureau of National Fisheries will conduct due diligence to determine the legality of the documentations provided, following which a decision will be reached either to allow the fish carrier entry to the ports of Liberia or to deny the carrier entry to the ports of Liberia.