Mandatory Import Reinspection for Catfish by FSIS Begins Aug. 2
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that starting Aug. 2 (not Sept. 1, as it had previously indicated) all shipments of imported Siluriformes (catfish) fish and fish products entering the U.S. must be presented at an official import inspection establishment for reinspection by FSIS personnel. After this date FSIS will begin taking action in regard to such shipments that have bypassed FSIS import reinspection but entered commerce. FSIS strongly encourages importers and brokers to communicate and coordinate closely with their FSIS district office to facilitate full compliance prior to the effective date.
To apply for import reinspection the applicant (typically the importer of record) must submit a paper or electronic inspection application form (FSIS Form 9540-1) in advance of the shipment’s arrival but no later than when the entry is filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The applicant must identify on the application the official import inspection establishment where reinspection will occur.