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Seafood Import Monitoring Program to Take Effect for Shrimp and Abalone

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that shrimp and abalone will be subject to the reporting, recordkeeping and permitting requirements of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program effective 24 May, with a compliance date of 31 December. These requirements will apply to shrimp and abalone species originating from both wild capture fisheries and aquaculture operations. The SIMP was implemented as of 1 January for various other species of seafood.

NMFS states that as of 31 December importers of shrimp and abalone species will be required to obtain an international fisheries trade permit, submit harvest and landing information on those products into the International Trade Data System through the Automated Commercial Environment prior to entry into U.S. commerce, and maintain supply chain records from the point of harvest to the point of entry into U.S commerce for two years after entry. IFTPs are currently available for issuance and it is anticipated that ACE reporting will be available for testing prior to 31 December. NMFS states that for products harvested prior to that date U.S. importers should work with their foreign suppliers to ensure that the harvest event and supply chain records are available for any entries made on or after 31 December.

CBP has said that entries for which records are not timely provided or that cannot be verified will be subject to enforcement or other action, which may include redelivery orders, exclusion from entry into commerce, forfeiture and enforcement action against the entry filer or importer of record.

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