Indian seafood exporters ready for SIMP

Dec 28, 2018

Indian exporters are getting ready to comply with US Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) regulations on shrimp, which will be enforced on US imports from India from Jan. 1, 2019 onward.

SIMP requires information that can track seafood from point of capture to the point of first sale in the US in order to prevent illegal, unreported, undocumented and unregulated fishing activities and exports. It is compulsory for foreign shrimp products to be accompanied by harvesting and landing data and for importers to maintain chain of custody records for shrimp imports entering the US.

“There has been an increase in compliance cost as documentary evidence needs to be provided for every container regarding its traceability for exports to US,” said Aditya Dash, managing director, Ram’s Assorted Cold Storage, a packer based in Odisha. “We have already initiated the documentation of shipments targeting the SIMP that will come into effect from Jan. 1, 2019.”

Trade sources are of the opinion that smaller exporters may find it extremely difficult to ship to the US.

“It is a move of the Trump administration to provide a level playing to its domestic producers. However, US shrimp production is not sufficient to meet the demand of their market. It is a kind of non-tariff barrier imposed by the US to discourage imports,” said another exporter.

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