The Bureau of National Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture has sole responsibility for the granting of authorizations of export permit for fish species. To obtain an authorization to export fish from Liberia, an official export permit application form is available at the Bureau of National Fisheries, or for download below. The application form needs to be complete in full and returned to the BNF office. The Export Permit Committee will conduct a due diligence evaluation of the application to ensure that the quantity of fish declared for export concurs with inspection and tally reports.
Following evaluation of the export permit applications, a payment of 10% of the total value of fish to be exported is required, payable to the General Revenue Account of the Government of Liberia as ‘fish export permit fee’. Upon payment to the government revenue account and the submission of a revenue receipt confirming payment to the Bureau of National Fisheries, an Official Authorization will be issued for the exportation of fish.
Guidelines: The following are the steps required to export fish from Liberia
- Complete the BNF export permit application form, and submit to the Bureau of National Fisheries
- Due diligence conducted by BNF
- Submit payment to the General Revenue Account of the Government of Liberia at the Ministry of Finance. Payment to be valued at 10% of total export value, and submitted as ‘Fish Export Permit Fee’
- Submit receipt from the General Revenue Account confirming payment to the BNF
- BNF Official Authorization issued
Download the official export application form here, or pick up a copy at the Bureau of National Fisheries
In order to strengthen fish export permit regulations, and gain access to international markets, the Government of Liberia through the Bureau of National Fisheries is currently working on establish a Competent Laboratory along with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare which will certify fish for export to other countries. Additionally, the Bureau of National Fisheries through the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project is working on rehabilitating the Mesurado Fishing Pier to bring it to international standards for exportation of fish from Liberia, thus enhancing revenue generation for the Government of Liberia.