IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

Subnational

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 11 Jun 2011 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

In its 125th session the Maine Legislature approved a law, and the governor signed into law on June 7, 2011, a measure that partially relaxes the restrictions that the state imposes on the processing of imported lobsters.
 
The existing law allowed wholesale seafood dealers with a lobster permit to import, handle, and transport lobsters that do not meet minimum or maximum length requirements. The new law allows those permit holders who also hold a lobster processing license to process those legally imported lobsters as long as the lobsters were not landed in this State and, except for the claws and knuckles, are not later sold in this State.
 
As stated in the preamble to the bill, the purpose for enacting this reform was to deal with concerns that because "Maine wholesale seafood licensees with lobster permits are currently not allowed to perform certain activities" these restrictions put "them at a competitive disadvantage in relation to Canadian lobster processors and impairs their ability to open new markets for Maine lobster and to create new job opportunities for Maine workers."
 
The law was therefore enacted as an emergency measure that took immediate effect.

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043 Crustaceans, live, fresh or chilled
0306 Crustaceans, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; smoked crustaceans, whether in shell or not, whether or not cooked before or during the smoking process; crustaceans, in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling
030622 Lobsters (Homarus spp.)
030624 Crabs
030626 Coldwater shrimps and prawns (Pandalus spp., Crangon crangon)
030627 Other shrimps and prawns
212 Prepared & preserved fish, crustaceans, molluscs
0306 Crustaceans, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; smoked crustaceans, whether in shell or not, whether or not cooked before or during the smoking process; crustaceans, in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling
030611 Rock lobster and other sea crawfish (Palinurus spp., Panulirus spp., Jasus spp.)
030612 Lobsters (Homarus spp.)
030614 Crabs
030616 Coldwater shrimps and prawns (Pandalus spp., Crangon crangon)
030617 Other shrimps and prawns
030619 Other, including flours, meals and pellets of crustaceans, fit for human consumption

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