Ranking Member Grijalva Requests GAO to Assess Federal Government Response to Slavery in Seafood Trade; Leads Joint Letter to Cabinet Officials Requesting Action

Today, the Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that the agency review U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) enforcement of Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 to combat illicit labor practices related to the seafood supply chain. Section 307, 19 U.S.C. […]

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THE USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SEAFOOD IMPORTS

Last night, at the direction of President Trump, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that a 10 percent additional tariff would be imposed on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, effective on Monday, September 24th. The USTR additionally announced that these tariffs would increase to 25 percent on January 1, 2019.   The additional […]

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Commercial Shrimp Fisherman Sentenced to Over Six Years in Prison for Fraudulent Claims for CDSOA Benefits

On August 30th, Michael Brian Anderson was sentenced to a 77-month prison term in a U.S. federal court for crimes related to the fraudulent submission of applications for and receipt of funds under the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA) program. Over the last eleven years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has distributed over $268 million in antidumping […]

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New Cash Deposit Rate in Effect for Vietnamese Shrimp Imports; Importers Will Be Asked to Pay More Antidumping Duties on Past Shrimp Import Entries

Today’s Federal Register published the final results of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) twelfth administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. With the publication of Commerce’s decision, the cash deposit rate for most Vietnamese shrimp imports will be reset to 4.58%, down from the current cash deposit rate of […]

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FDA Rejects More Indian Shrimp for Antibiotic Contamination and Salmonella in August

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that, in August, 6 out of the 107 (5.6%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. This was the second highest number of entry lines refused for antibiotic contamination this year.  Through August, there have been a total of 33 shrimp entry lines refused for […]

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SSA Participates in Training Course for Trade Enforcement Agents

On Wednesday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance participated in a training session on enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duties for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.  In the presentation, SSA provided an overview of the U.S. warmwater shrimp industry, emphasizing the communities and families across the coasts of the […]

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Again in July, FDA Rejects Indian Shrimp for Antibiotic Contamination and Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released information regarding import refusals in July reporting that 2 out of the 157 (1.3%) total seafood entry line refusals last month were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. This was the lowest number of entry lines refused for antibiotic contamination this year. Through July, there have been a total of […]

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Court of International Trade Orders Federal Government to Ban the Importation of Some Mexican Seafood

This morning, the U.S. Court of International Trade ordering the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “to ban the importation of all fish and fish products from Mexican commercial fisheries that use gillnets within the vaquita’s range.”  The Court’s order was for a preliminary injunction pending final adjudication of a lawsuit brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., the […]

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Senate Votes 87-11 to Increase Funding for FDA Inspections of Foreign Seafood Facilities and Imported Seafood

Last night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of an amendment to the “Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019” (H.R. 6147) offered by Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) and co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) that significantly increased funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inspections of imported seafood and foreign seafood facilities. […]

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Commerce Department Orders Antidumping Duty Cash Deposit Rates to Be Reset on Indian Shrimp

The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has issued the Final Results of the twelfth administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India. In that administrative proceeding, Commerce looked at imports of Indian shrimp that entered the United States between February 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017.            Commerce individually reviewed the sales of two Indian shrimp […]

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