On May 16, 2018, the Department of State (State) published in the Federal Register a notice [Public Notice 10410] stating that on May 8, 2018, State certified that 13 shrimp-harvesting nations and five fisheries have a regulatory program comparable to that of the United States governing the incidental taking of the relevant species of sea turtles in the course of commercial shrimp harvesting and that the particular fishing environments of 26 shrimp-harvesting nations, one economy, and four fisheries do not pose a threat of the incidental taking of covered sea turtles in the course of such harvesting. For a list of the certified countries, see the Federal Register notice.
Section 609 of Public Law 101-162 (“Sec. 609”) prohibits imports of certain categories of shrimp unless the President certifies to the Congress by May 1, 1991, and annually thereafter, that either: (1) the harvesting nation has adopted a program governing the incidental taking of sea turtles in its commercial shrimp fishery comparable to the program in effect in the United States and has an incidental take rate comparable to that of the United States; or (2) the particular fishing environment of the harvesting nation does not pose a threat of the incidental taking of sea turtles. The President has delegated the authority to make this certification to State. State’s Revised Guidelines for the Implementation of Section 609 were published in the Federal Register on July 8, 1999, at 64 Fed. Reg. 36946.
A completed DS-2031 Shrimp Exporter’s/Importer’s Declaration must accompany all shipments of shrimp or products from shrimp into the United States. For details on completion of the DS-2031, see the notice.