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Seafood Import Monitoring Program

Updated: Oct 12, 2018



By December 2018, it will be mandatory for importers of foreign shrimp and abalone products to provide and report key data from point of harvest to point of entry into the U.S. Shrimp and abalone species originating overseas will be subject to the reporting, record keeping, and permitting requirements of the Seafood Importing Monitoring Program (SIMP) effective May 24, with a compliance date of December 31. Importers of shrimp and abalone species will be required to obtain an International Fisheries Trade Permit, submit harvesting and landing information on those products, and maintain supply chain records from point of harvest to the point of entry into the U.S. commerce for two years after entry.


Failure to comply with requirements of SIMP may result in federal law enforcement action by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Law Enforcement.


To learn more about the requirements of the Seafood Importing Monitoring Program, click here.


To learn more about the final ruling for Inclusion of Shrimp and Abalone in SIMP, click here.

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