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April 22, 2014


Certificates of Origin Required for All Shrimp


The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) has issued a new rule that requires that all farmed and boat-caught shrimp exported to the United States carry a certificate of origin.


According to the Mexican Official Standard 047-2014, published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), farmers and fishermen “are requested to have and present when required the properly completed, signed and sealed ‘Certificate of Origin for the Mexican Shrimp’.”


The document must include the arrival or harvest number, the fishing guide number, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Registry (RNPA) number, the importer’s name, address and telephone, the common name of the resource, product and processing type and number of packing units (boxes, tanks, blocks and sacks), and the export date.


The certificate of origin will be issued the Directorate-General of Planning, Programming and Evaluation of the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA).  CONAPESCA will also ask for copies of the fishing and/or aquaculture permit or concession and the enrollment certificate.


SAGARPA—through the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA)—will be responsible for monitoring and verifying compliance with the new official rules.


Sources: 1. FIS United States.  Identification of Wild and Farmed Shrimp Origin Sought.  Analia Murias (  April 17, 2014.  2. Panorama Acuicola’s Webpage.  Shrimp with Certificate of Origin.  Analia Murias.  April 26, 2013.

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