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Seafood Import Monitoring Enforcement Postponed

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that the informed compliance period for the reporting, recordkeeping and permitting requirements of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program for shrimp and abalone has been extended from 1 March to 1 April.

The SIM was implemented as of 1 January 2018 for various other species of seafood and as of 31 December 2018 for shrimp and abalone species, whether originating from wild capture fisheries or aquaculture operations. As of that date (i) filers are legally obligated to provide the international fisheries trade permit and all required SIM data with filings for shrimp and abalone and (ii) importers (IFTP holders) must have, retain and produce upon request documentation on each step or transaction in the supply chain of the product from harvest to import.

However, during an informed compliance period that also started on 31 December entries of shrimp and abalone are being audited, inspected and verified for compliance but entries of only shrimp and abalone HTSUS numbers are not being rejected if their SIM data is omitted. This period was scheduled to expire on 1 March but has now been extended to 1 April due to limitations on conducting industry outreach during the federal government shutdown.

CBP has said that once the informed compliance period ends entries that do not comply with the mandatory SIM message set requirements, including shrimp and abalone, will be refused entry.

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