Actions and Announcements: Recommendations 14 & 15

Proposed Voluntary Commerce Trusted Trader Program  

NOAA Fisheries has announced the opening of a 60-day public comment period on a proposed rule to establish a voluntary Commerce Trusted Trader Program for U.S. importers –a valuable complement to the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).

SIMP established permitting, data reporting and recordkeeping requirements for the importation of certain priority fish and fish products that have been identified as being particularly vulnerable to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and/or seafood fraud. SIMP provides the federal government the information needed to prevent illegally caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering the U.S. market.

The Commerce Trusted Trader Program is designed to maintain the effectiveness of SIMP in achieving these objectives while streamlining the reporting and recordkeeping requirements for U.S. importers who commit to establishing internal traceability and auditing measures. It is intended to reduce costs to both the government and industry, and streamline processing of import entries.

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public and seafood industry input and guidance regarding the extent to which the Commerce Trusted Trader Program as proposed is likely to achieve the objectives of preventing illegally caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering the U.S. market; establish secure seafood supply chains; reduce costs to both the government and industry; and streamline processing of import entries.

The public will have 60 days to comment on the proposed rule. NOAA Fisheries will be scheduling a number of public listening sessions. Details will posted below on this webpage:

  

More Information 

Previously, in April 2016, NOAA Fisheries provided a 60-day public comment period on the design of the Commerce Trusted Trader Program. These comments were reviewed in the development for the current proposed rulemaking.

Previous listening sessions

  1. June 6, 2016, 2:30 PM Eastern Time:   Presentation (PDF)          Audio         Transcript (PDF)
  2. May 10, 2016, 2:00 PM Eastern Time: Presentation (PDF)          Audio         Transcript (PDF)
  3. May 4, 2016, 2:00 PM Eastern Time:   Presentation (PDF)        Audio         Transcript (PDF)