USA: New requirements for the export of prawn and abalone species to the USA (2018-05)

Date of issue: May 2018

Date of effect: 31 December 2018


Seafood Export Consultative Committee
Export establishments (including vessels) preparing fish and fish products for export to the USA
Licensed exporters
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources—Central and Regional offices


To notify exporters of advice from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) of the addition of prawn and abalone species to requirements for documentation when exporting some species of fish to the USA (see MAA 2017-10: USA: New requirements for the export of some fish species to the USA).

Summary of key points

  • The United States of America (USA) has implemented a Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIM) to be administered by NOAA Fisheries to curb Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing practices and identify misrepresented seafood imports before they enter the US Market.
  • The SIM program requires importers to provide information and maintain records about the harvest, landing and chain of custody of imported fish and fish products for certain priority species identified as especially vulnerable to IUU fishing and seafood fraud.
  • As of 1 January 2018, exports of some species of fish to the USA need to be accompanied by additional information to enable importers to report and maintain the required records.
  • The priority species included in the SIM program has been expanded to include species of prawn and abalone. As of 31 December 2018 additional information will be required to gain entry of product to the US:
    • Prawns (all species)
    • Abalone (all species).
  • This additional information is required for some but not all products prepared from prawn and abalone species and includes live, chilled, frozen and some highly processed products but not all (i.e. products containing prawn meat are included but not fish oil, sauces, sticks, balls or fish cakes prepared from prawn).
  • A list of Harmonised Tariff Schedule Codes (HTS Codes) to which this rule applies is provided at Attachment 2.

How do I know if I need to provide additional information?

Exporters are strongly encouraged to confirm the requirement for additional information with their importers. A table of priority prawn and abalone species fished in Australia as identified in EXDOC including the corresponding 3-Alpha species codes required by US importers is provided at Attachment 1.

This information is required as of 31 December 2018, when should I start collecting information?

If you intend to export prawn or abalone to the US after 31 December 2018 that has been prepared from product being harvested or processed prior to that date, you should start to obtain records in preparation for export from your harvesters, processors and shippers.

The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Further information

Contact Dairy Eggs and Fish if you have any queries.

Attachment 1

Product types included:
Prawns—chilled, frozen, whole, peeled, breaded, prepared, products containing prawn meat, prepared meals containing prawn meat
Abalone—live, chilled, frozen, prepared/preserved, prepared dinners

EXDOC Product TypeFish nameScientific name3-Alpha code
PWAPrawn – BananaPenaeus merguiensisPBA
PWCPrawn – Redleg BananaPenaeus indicusPNI
PWBPrawns – BananaPenaeus indicus, Penaeus merguiensisPBA or PNIs
PWGPrawn – Black TigerPenaeus MonodonGIT
PWWPrawn – Grooved TigerPenaeus semisulcatusTIP
PWUPrawn – Brown TigerPenaeus esculentusPRB
PWTPrawns – TigerPenaeus esculentus & Penaeus semisulcatusTIP or PRBs
PWJPrawn – Eastern KingMelicertus plebejusPNP
PWMPrawn – Western KingMelicertus latisulcatusWKP
PWKPrawn– KingMelicertus latisulcatus & M. plebejusPNP or WKPs
PRKPrawn – Redspot KingMelicertus LongistylusELY
PWNPrawnsSpecies of the Family: Penaeoidea & CaridaePEN
PWSPrawns – SchoolMetapenaeus dalli & M. macleayiMPM
PWIPrawn – Blue EndeavourMetapenaeus endeavouriENS
PWHPrawn – Red EndeavourMetapenaeus ensisMPE
PWEPrawns – EndeavourMetapenaeus endeavouri & M.ensisENS or MPEs
PWNPrawnsSpecies of the Family: Penaeoidea & CaridaeMET
PGSPrawn – Giant ScarletAristaeopsis edwardsianaSSH
PWDPrawn – RedAristaeomorpha foliaceaARS
PWFPrawns – FreshwaterMacrobrachium spp.PPF
PWYPrawns – BayMetapenaeus bennettae & M.insolitusMBB
PWRPrawn – Royal RedHaliporoides SibogaeJAQ
ABBAbalone – BlacklipHaliotis rubra rubraABR
ABGAbalone – GreenlipHaliotis laevigataUQK
ABRAbalone – RoesHaliotis roeiUQL
ABAAbaloneSpecies of the family - Haliotidae (Haliotis spp.)ABX
ABTAbalone – TigerHaliotis laevigata x Haliotis rubraABX
ABPAbalone – BrownlipHaliotis conicoporaABX

s Indicate majority species

Attachment 2

HTS CodeCommodity description
0306160003Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen <15.
0306160006Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 15/20.
0306160009Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 21/25.
0306160012Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 26/30.
0306160015Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 31/40.
0306160018Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 41/50.
0306160021Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 51/60.
0306160024Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 61/70.
0306160027Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen >70.
0306160040Shrimp cold-water peeled frozen.
0306170003Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen <15.
0306170006Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 15/20.
0306170009Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 21/25.
0306170012Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 26/30.
0306170015Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 31/40.
0306170018Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 41/50.
0306170021Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 51/60.
0306170024Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 61/70.
0306170027Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen >70.
0306170040Shrimp warm-water peeled frozen.
0306350020Cold-water shrimps and prawns (pandalus spp., crangon crangon), live or chilled, shell-on.
0306350040Cold-water shrimps and prawns (pandalus spp., crangon crangon), fresh or chilled, peeled.
0306360020Shrimps and prawns, live, fresh or chilled, shell-on, other than cold-water.
0306360040Shrimps and prawns, fresh or chilled, peeled, other than cold-water.
0306950020Shrimps and prawns, shell-on, others.
0306950040Shrimps and prawns, peeled, others.
1604200510Prepared meals containing meat of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates, others.
1604200590Products containing meat of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates, others.
1605210500Shrimp and prawn products containing fish meat; prepared meals not in airtight containers.
1605211000Shrimps and prawns, not in airtight containers.
1605211020Shrimps and prawns, breaded, frozen.
1605211030Shrimps and prawns, prepared others, frozen.
1605211050Shrimps and prawns, prepared or preserved, not in airtight containers, others.
1605291010Shrimps and prawns, frozen, in airtight containers.
1605291040Shrimps and prawns, prepared or preserved, in airtight containers, others.
0307810000Live, fresh or chilled abalone (haliotis spp.).
0307830000Frozen abalone (haliotis spp.).
0307870000Other abalone (haliotis spp.).
0307890000Abalone, nesoi.
1605570500Abalone products prepared dinners.
1605576000Abalone prepared/preserved.
160557000Abalone (haliotis spp.), prepared or preserved.