Background

The DOC’s National Marine Fisheries Service has withdrawn a Jan. 17, 2018, proposed rule intended to offer qualified importers electing to participate in the Commerce Trusted Trader Program a reduction in reporting and recordkeeping requirements as well as streamlined entry into U.S. commerce for seafood imports subject to the Seafood Import Monitoring Program. This proposed rule was issued as part of a seafood traceability process designed to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud.

Upon consideration of public comment, however, NMFS has determined that this program will not provide the anticipated benefits to industry.

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