U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a reminder that compliance with the reporting, recordkeeping, and permitting requirements of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program will be required as of Dec. 31 for imports of shrimp and abalone species, whether originating from wild capture fisheries or aquaculture operations. However, CBP is also providing a two-month grace period for importers and filers to comply. (The SIM was implemented as of Jan. 1, 2018, for various other species of seafood – click here for more details on the requirements of this program.)
CBP states that as of Dec. 31 (a) filers will be legally obligated to provide the international fisheries trade permit and all required SIM data with filings for shrimp and abalone and (b) importers (IFTP holders) will be required to have, retain, and produce upon request documentation on each step or transaction in the supply chain of the product from harvest to import.
However, there will be an informed compliance period starting Dec. 31 and running through March 1, 2019. During this time entries of shrimp and abalone will be audited, inspected, and verified for compliance, but entries of only shrimp and abalone HTSUS numbers will not be rejected if their SIM data is omitted.
CBP states that by March 1, 2019, entries that do not comply with the mandatory SIM message set requirements, including shrimp and abalone, will be refused entry.