SIMP Voluntary Entry Filings Encouraged for Shrimp and Abalone Imports Prior to December 31 Mandatory Effective Date

Beginning December 31, 2018, shrimp and abalone products entering the U.S. will be included in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP); a list of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes can be found here. Under SIMP, entry filing through the International Trade Data System for imports must be accompanied by harvest and landing data and for importers to maintain chain of custody records. NOAA Fisheries is encouraging entry filers to voluntarily enter harvest and landing data for shrimp and abalone products entering the U.S. – prior to mandatory reporting to December 31.

Entries of HTS codes for shrimp and abalone subject to SIMP will not be flagged by Customs and Border Protection in the International Trade Database System prior to December 31. NOAA Fisheries encourages volunteer entry filings during this period and is proactively reaching out to importers and brokers to support a smooth implementation of shrimp and abalone under SIMP.

Compliance with U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program became effective on January 1, 2018; however, the inclusion of shrimp and abalone was stayed until comparable traceability requirements for domestic aquaculture could be established. In April 2018, Congress directed NOAA lift its stay on shrimp and abalone products in the SIMP.

Contact the support line at SIMPsupport@noaa.gov or toll-free at 833-440-6599 (8 am – 8 pm ET) for technical assistance.