Are You Complying with the Seafood Import Monitoring Program?

 

The Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) is the latest effort by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated seafood from entering the U.S.  Compliance with this important reporting requirement became mandatory on January 1, 2018.

SIMP prohibits one to “possess, have custody or control of, ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, purchase, land, import, export or re-export, any fish” deemed to be an “at risk” species. It also places new reporting requirements on seafood importers of record in the U.S., including proper Chain of Custody documentation that allows for traceability of the product back to the harvest date and area.

Under the law, a business that imports any of the designated 15 species of fish and shellfish from overseas is required to maintain, for a period of two years, copies of all records obtained that validate the Chain of Custody of the product being imported.

Moreover, importers are also required to obtain an International Fisheries Trade Permit and maintain records on the who, when and where the affected seafood product was harvested along with all of the Chain of Custody reporting up until the time the product entered the U.S.

Do you have an efficient way to file and retain these records to comply with SIMP?

Seasoft Software is used by hundreds of businesses to track product movements and transformations, and electronically record them as they happen. Computer terminals or hand-held barcode scanner devices are strategically located throughout the facility to capture and record essential product information.

In addition, Seasoft’s built-in Document Management system ensures complete SIMP compliance while reducing costs and securing your company’s data.  All system-generated transactions and documents are instantly stored in a central repository or electronic ‘file cabinet’ and linked to related transactions which can be accessed at any time, from anywhere, on an enterprise-wide basis. Powerful scanning and import options automatically store SIMP-related documents such as purchase orders, signed customer delivery receipts, invoices, packing slips, customs documents, certificates of origin, copies of checks and work visas to associated transactions.

Find out how Seasoft can get you in compliance.

Call (800) 422-4782 or complete the form below.