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CSMS #19-000085
  Title: This CSMS updates CSMS # 18-000744, 583 and 531 (Information about NMFS SIM program updat
  Date: 2/25/2019 1:58:00 PM
  To: Automated Broker Interface, New ACE Programming, Partner Government Agencies
  Related: 18-000744, 18-000583, 18-000531

This CSMS updates CSMS # 18-000744, 583 and 531 (Information about NMFS SIM program 

This notice informs importers and filers that the “informed compliance” period has been extended until April 1, 2019.  Entry filings for products using HTS codes identified in the link below will be required to submit SIM data on April 1, 2019.  This list has recently been updated to incorporate revisions and additional HTS codes within the scope of SIM.  NMFS has determined that this change and extension of the informed compliance period is appropriate to provide opportunity for more engagement with brokers and importers as a result of limitations to NMFS to conduct outreach in early 2019.

The previously published rule mandating the addition of shrimp and abalone to the NMFS Seafood Import Monitoring (SIM) Program was effective as of December 31, 2018.  As a result NMFS SIM data must now be provided with filings for certain Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes for shrimp and abalone.  In the interest of ensuring that filers importing shrimp and abalone to the United States are fully prepared to submit the required SIM data, NMFS notified filers via the CSMS system that they could begin to voluntarily file SIM data for shrimp and abalone earlier this fall (see CSMS # 18-000583).  

NMFS through collaboration with CBP, implemented a period of “informed compliance” for submission of SIM data for shrimp and abalone, starting December 31, 2018 through March 1, 2019 (see CSMS # 18-000744) and is now extending this period to April 1, 2019.  

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes applicable to this mandate to file NMFS SIM program data will be updated with an NM8 flag for SIM. The list of 3 alpha codes will also be updated. These updates will be in CERT beginning February 26, 2019 and are expected to be completed by March 1, 2019. The updates will be in PROD beginning April 2, 2019 and will be completed no later than April 5, 2019.

The list of HTS codes that will be flagged for shrimp and abalone and other SIM requirements can be found at the following web site:

•NMFS SIMP Web site:

Requests for technical assistance can be directed to Dale Jones, and, or to the SIMP Support Line: 833-440-6599 (toll free)

Other questions or feedback regarding SIMP implementation can be directed to Celeste Leroux,

NOTE: Trade should not expect any additional CSMS reminders on this topic

Related CSMS No. 18-000744, No. 18-000583 and No. 18-000531