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angle-left ADVISORY: US Prohibits Importation of Shrimp and Shrimp Products from the Philippines

Wild-caught shrimp harvested in the Philippines, or products from that shrimp, for example “bagoong”, is prohibited from importation into the United States pursuant to Section 609 of U.S. Public Law 101-162.

The United States Government through Public Law 101-162 Section 609 has prohibited the importation of shrimp caught using commercial fishing technology that adversely affects turtles (the use of Turtle Excluder Devices). A completed DS–2031 Shrimp Exporter’s/Importer’s Declaration, signed by the competent authority of the exporting country, accompany all imports of shrimp and products from shrimp into the United States which certifies that the shrimp for export was harvested in a manner not harmful to sea turtles or harvested by aquaculture.  

Philippine exporters of shrimp paste or other shrimp products are advised not to ship to the US to avoid shipments being held by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) until this issue is resolved. 

Philippine exporters of shrimp paste or other shrimp products to the US, who are affected of this law, are advised to communicate directly with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for a completed DS 2031 Shrimp Exporter’s/Importer’s Declaration with Box 7 (A) (1) - Harvested by aquaculture in the Philippines.  For further details, you may contact BFAR at and tel. no. (+63) 920-9761669; 8539-5685.