Monrovia — The Director-General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority says NaFAA will shortly begin issuing sanitary certificates to institutions or individuals importing and exporting fish and fish products through the airports, postal services and land borders in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) for parcel/consignment containing above 20% in volume and more than 5kg of fish product; following the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).
According to Emma Metieh Glassco, NaFAA and MOA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will ensure the conduct of quality assurance inspection of fish and fishery products and will include establishing the terms and conditions under which documentation is required for export of fish and fishery products through exit points mentioned above.
Hon. Glassco in a press release issued Thursday September 28, 2020, also stated that NaFAA shall among other things be responsible to control fish handling, storing, landing, transportation, processing and marketing of fish and fish products.
The NaFAA boss further stated that NaFAA shall inspect operational fishery enterprises for compliance with fish safety regulations within the Republic of Liberia.
Mrs. Glassco noted that NaFAA shall specify conditions for the placing on the market of fish, fish products and fish feed, monitor possession, import, export, transportation, selling, receiving, of fish and fisheries products, test and issue sanitary certificate for all fish and fish products leaving Liberia.
During the signing of the MoU, Hon. Glassco stated that NaFAA will inspect all fish and fish products leaving and entering Liberia including cold storage facilities to ensure the quality of fish sold to the public or exported from Liberia.
The MoU further states that MOA shall have the responsibilities to regulate the export of plants and livestock products to conserve dwindling species and protect the food supplies of Liberia.
The MoU mentioned that where there are fish or fish products above 20% in volume and more than 5kg in a parcel, such consignment shall obtain a sanitary certificate and an export permit from NaFAA.
It also stated that MOA shall inspect sanitary certificates issued by NaFAA only for parcel for export containing assorted items which includes both plant and fish product, and issued zoo-sanitary and phytosanitary certificates for all process commodities except fish and fish products and assign personnel at entry and exit points (airports, postal services and land borders) as deem necessary to control the movement of all animal and animal products, plants and plant products including processed food and agrochemicals.
Both parties shall also ensure that where there are fish or fish products above 20% in volume and more than 5kg in a parcel, such consignment shall obtain a sanitary certificate and an export permit from NaFAA.
Meanwhile, Hon. Jeanie M. Cooper signed for the Ministry of Agriculture.
In a related development, the signing of the NaFAA and MOA MoU was followed by a one-day workshop on September 23, 2020 at the Mesurado Fishing Pier, Coast Guard Base.
The objective of the workshop was to provide training on the collection of economic data on fish trade relative to the import and export of sanitary requirements by NaFAA. The training further provides key information on the collective roles and functions of the various institutions including NaFAA, Ministry of Agriculture, and National Public Health Institute of Liberia, etc.