U.S. Government agencies have started requiring more extensive vetting of importers supply chains. Towards that goal beginning on in January 1st 2018 the National Marine Fisheries Services ( NMFS) has advised that certain imports of seafood will be subject to additional reporting under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program ( SIMP).
This program (SIMP) addresses high risk species including Atlantic Cod, Pacific Cod, Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi), Sharks, Red Snapper, Tuna (Yellowfin, Bigeye, Albacore, Bluefin, and Skipjack), Swordfish, Grouper, Blue Crab (Atlantic), Sea Cucumber, and King Crab. NMFS has consulted with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prepare a plan to test and assess the electronic transmission of harvest and traceability data for fish imports of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes covered by the SIMP.
Ninety-seven Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) numbers have been included in the SIMP test, with about 40 of these numbers slated for additional requirements under the NMFS 370 Tuna Tracking Program and/or Highly Migratory Species programs.
Importers of these products must obtain an International Fisheries Trade Permit (IFTP), and then must provide information pertaining to their IFTP number, 3-alpha species codes, and fishing area.
For information regarding fish products regulated by NMFS and data, information, forms and documents required by NMFS, see the implementation guidelines for the NMFS at: Implementation Guide for NMFS SIM 9-28-17 .
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