Beginning at the end of this month, Coppersmith and all customs brokers are required to submit SIMP data for shrimp and abalone products entering the United States. This data includes harvest and landing data and that importers are required to maintain chain of custody documentation that must be produced upon request.

From the NOAA announcement we received: " Under SIMP, NOAA Fisheries requires name and flag state of the harvesting vessel(s); evidence of authorization to fish (farm business or license number); unique vessel identifier (e.g. IMO number); fishing gear used; species; landing date; product form, quantity and weight at landing; area of harvest or capture; point of first landing, and entity to which fish was landed or delivered. This information is required for all imports of species under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes covered by SIMP. Harvest and landing information collected is confidential and is exempt from public disclosure requirements."

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