ANNOUNCEMENT 07 Jun 2011In June 2011, a US state government announced a change in import formalities.
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The law is posted at http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0494&item=1&snum=125.
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.