Marine exports may get affected as US plans to regulate imports

  • 18-Dec-2018
  • Marine exports may get affected as US plans to regulate imports

The new Seafood Import Monitoring Policy (SIMP) regulations of the US on shrimps and other marine products are giving India’s seafood sector the jitters as it sees a backlash on surging exports.

Unless some effective steps have been taken by exporters, the move — which will be effective from January 1 — may impact 50 per cent of India’s shrimp production that is headed for the US.

Seafood exporters have called for measures to strengthen the procedures for registration of aquaculture farms and fishing boats and linking them to certification to tackle traceability issues that affect clearance by health authorities abroad.

Alex Ninan, President, Seafood Exporters Association of India – Kerala Region, said that unless such documentations are in place, it will affect marketing to system-based super markets and retail chains.

The exporters’ body has represented these issues to Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu. Adequate measures for regulatory control of use of antibiotics and other prohibited substances by aquaculture farmers are needed. The initiatives of the Andhra Pradesh Government in this regard should be supported by the Ministry and implemented across India, SEAI said.

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