U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today issued a release announcing “immediate import restrictions on fish and fish products from Mexico caught with gillnets deployed in the range of the vaquita.”
CBP’s action is in response to an August 2018 decision of the U.S. Court of International Trade. The vaquita is a species of porpoise found in the northern Gulf of California waters in Mexico and listed as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
As noted in the CBP release—CSMS #18-000483—imports into the United States from Mexico of all shrimp, curvina, sierra, and chano fish and fish products harvested by gillnets in the upper Gulf of California within the vaquita’s geographic range are prohibited. Any shrimp, curvina, sierra, and chano fish and fish products imported from Mexico as “country of origin” must be accompanied by specific certification upon arrival.
For more information on this topic or to learn more about KPMG’s Trade & Customs Services, contact:
John L. McLoughlin
Luis (Lou) Abad
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