Fish labelling; application for a commercial designation

If you wish to apply for a new commercial designation for fishery and aquaculture products, you can submit an application.


If you wish to apply for a new commercial designation, please note the following:

  • You should only apply for a trade name for one species at a time (species specific such as "Clupea harengus").
  • If a trade name already applies to another species or genus, that name usually cannot be assigned.
  • You do not need a trade description for fish, crustaceans and molluscs that have been prepared or preserved and are imported under CN code 1604 or 1605 respectively.

Further information on the allocation of trade descriptions can be found on the homepage of the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

If you wish to have a supplementary designation to an already existing trade designation, please apply for a new trade designation.
The register of trade descriptions for fishery and aquaculture products lists all trade descriptions permitted in Germany. There is a separate list for trade names that have not yet been finally included in this register.

All lists can be viewed on the homepage of the BLE and are available for download.


They must be operators, i.e. they must commercially place fishery or aquaculture products

  • place on the market
  • move them within the Community,
  • import or
  • export.

Note: Associations of the fishing industry are not eligible to apply.


You must apply for the registration of a new trade name in writing.

  • Download the sample application from the BLE website and use it as a template. Be sure to add the company letterhead to your application and sign it.
  • You will receive a notification that your application has been received. The BLE will also point out any missing information.
  • The BLE will process your application and then inform you of the result.
  • If a new trade name is recognised, the announcement will be made in the Federal Gazette.


You must submit the application at least 6 weeks before you plan to use the trade name.

Processing time

6 weeks

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    • Begründung, warum der vorgeschlagene Name vergeben werden soll
    • Gegebenenfalls Bildmaterial und andere Nachweise

Online procedures

  • Fischetikettierung - Antrag auf eine Handelsbezeichnung

    To submit an application online, you need:

    • A new identity card or an electronic residence permit - in each case with the online ID function activated.
    • A card reader to read the identity document.
    • The ID card app2, which has been available since 1 November 2014. Earlier versions cannot be used.
    • If necessary, a digital capture device (e.g. scanner or digital camera) to upload evidence.


  • none

Status: 23.12.2020

Responsible for editing: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft

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