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
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.
Contact Dairy Eggs and Fish if you have any queries.
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 Type||Fish name||Scientific name||3-Alpha code|
|PWA||Prawn – Banana||Penaeus merguiensis||PBA|
|PWC||Prawn – Redleg Banana||Penaeus indicus||PNI|
|PWB||Prawns – Banana||Penaeus indicus, Penaeus merguiensis||PBA or PNIs|
|PWG||Prawn – Black Tiger||Penaeus Monodon||GIT|
|PWW||Prawn – Grooved Tiger||Penaeus semisulcatus||TIP|
|PWU||Prawn – Brown Tiger||Penaeus esculentus||PRB|
|PWT||Prawns – Tiger||Penaeus esculentus & Penaeus semisulcatus||TIP or PRBs|
|PWJ||Prawn – Eastern King||Melicertus plebejus||PNP|
|PWM||Prawn – Western King||Melicertus latisulcatus||WKP|
|PWK||Prawn– King||Melicertus latisulcatus & M. plebejus||PNP or WKPs|
|PRK||Prawn – Redspot King||Melicertus Longistylus||ELY|
|PWN||Prawns||Species of the Family: Penaeoidea & Caridae||PEN|
|PWS||Prawns – School||Metapenaeus dalli & M. macleayi||MPM|
|PWI||Prawn – Blue Endeavour||Metapenaeus endeavouri||ENS|
|PWH||Prawn – Red Endeavour||Metapenaeus ensis||MPE|
|PWE||Prawns – Endeavour||Metapenaeus endeavouri & M.ensis||ENS or MPEs|
|PWN||Prawns||Species of the Family: Penaeoidea & Caridae||MET|
|PGS||Prawn – Giant Scarlet||Aristaeopsis edwardsiana||SSH|
|PWD||Prawn – Red||Aristaeomorpha foliacea||ARS|
|PWF||Prawns – Freshwater||Macrobrachium spp.||PPF|
|PWY||Prawns – Bay||Metapenaeus bennettae & M.insolitus||MBB|
|PWR||Prawn – Royal Red||Haliporoides Sibogae||JAQ|
|ABB||Abalone – Blacklip||Haliotis rubra rubra||ABR|
|ABG||Abalone – Greenlip||Haliotis laevigata||UQK|
|ABR||Abalone – Roes||Haliotis roei||UQL|
|ABA||Abalone||Species of the family - Haliotidae (Haliotis spp.)||ABX|
|ABT||Abalone – Tiger||Haliotis laevigata x Haliotis rubra||ABX|
|ABP||Abalone – Brownlip||Haliotis conicopora||ABX|
s Indicate majority species
|HTS Code||Commodity description|
|0306160003||Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen <15.|
|0306160006||Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 15/20.|
|0306160009||Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 21/25.|
|0306160012||Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 26/30.|
|0306160015||Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 31/40.|
|0306160018||Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 41/50.|
|0306160021||Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 51/60.|
|0306160024||Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen 61/70.|
|0306160027||Shrimp cold-water shell-on frozen >70.|
|0306160040||Shrimp cold-water peeled frozen.|
|0306170003||Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen <15.|
|0306170006||Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 15/20.|
|0306170009||Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 21/25.|
|0306170012||Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 26/30.|
|0306170015||Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 31/40.|
|0306170018||Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 41/50.|
|0306170021||Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 51/60.|
|0306170024||Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen 61/70.|
|0306170027||Shrimp warm-water shell-on frozen >70.|
|0306170040||Shrimp warm-water peeled frozen.|
|0306350020||Cold-water shrimps and prawns (pandalus spp., crangon crangon), live or chilled, shell-on.|
|0306350040||Cold-water shrimps and prawns (pandalus spp., crangon crangon), fresh or chilled, peeled.|
|0306360020||Shrimps and prawns, live, fresh or chilled, shell-on, other than cold-water.|
|0306360040||Shrimps and prawns, fresh or chilled, peeled, other than cold-water.|
|0306950020||Shrimps and prawns, shell-on, others.|
|0306950040||Shrimps and prawns, peeled, others.|
|1604200510||Prepared meals containing meat of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates, others.|
|1604200590||Products containing meat of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates, others.|
|1605210500||Shrimp and prawn products containing fish meat; prepared meals not in airtight containers.|
|1605211000||Shrimps and prawns, not in airtight containers.|
|1605211020||Shrimps and prawns, breaded, frozen.|
|1605211030||Shrimps and prawns, prepared others, frozen.|
|1605211050||Shrimps and prawns, prepared or preserved, not in airtight containers, others.|
|1605291010||Shrimps and prawns, frozen, in airtight containers.|
|1605291040||Shrimps and prawns, prepared or preserved, in airtight containers, others.|
|0307810000||Live, fresh or chilled abalone (haliotis spp.).|
|0307830000||Frozen abalone (haliotis spp.).|
|0307870000||Other abalone (haliotis spp.).|
|1605570500||Abalone products prepared dinners.|
|160557000||Abalone (haliotis spp.), prepared or preserved.|