On September 5, 2018, the Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection Director of Seafood Commerce and Certification, Steven Wilson, announced the upcoming changes to procedure for Ship Stores in Transit certification. The new procedures apply specifically to Ship Stores in Transit (cruise line) exports.
Previously, the Ship Stores in Transit certificate was stamped to match each Officially Sampled stamp used during the corresponding lot inspections.
In an effort to align with internationally accepted certification procedure, beginning October 11, 2018, the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program will use a singular certificate stamp on the Ship Stores in Transit certificate. The certificate will be dated the date of submission in Seafood Inspection Services Portal. The information regarding the Officially Sampled stamp placed on the cases during the inspection will be located in the Label/Brand section for each product listed on the certificate.
There is no change to inspection procedures for these fishery products.
Please see a sample of the official certificate stamp for Ship Stores in Transit certification.