Federal Court Rejects National Fisheries Institute’s Challenge to Seafood Import Monitoring Program

“In the end, the Rule weathers the storm of Plaintiffs’ various challenges.”    This (ill-timed) metaphor concludes the decision issued on Monday by the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia rejecting the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) efforts to invalidate the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).   In reality, as discussed extensively in the Court’s 67-page opinion, there wasn’t […]

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Senate Shrimp Supporters Move to Protect U.S. Shrimpers from Illegal Imports

SSA thanks and congratulates Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), powerful Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for once again championing the best interests of the domestic shrimp industry by including a provision in his FY 2018 Appropriations bill to ensure that the federal Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) will cover all shrimp imports.   This provision was also shepherded by the Appropriations […]

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Solid Senate Support for Combatting Illegal Shrimp Imports

A bipartisan group of eleven powerful U.S. Senators has gone to bat in a big way for the domestic shrimp industry and U.S. shrimp consumers and against illegal shrimp imports by expressing their support for the full implementation of the new U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. Their support was expressed in an April 27, 2017, letter to Department of Commerce […]

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BloombergBusinessweek Investigative Report Documents How Contaminated Shrimp from China Is Intentionally Entered Into the U.S. Market through Fraud

Today, Bloomberg Businessweek published an investigative report detailing how Chinese shrimp contaminated by antibiotics was routed through Malaysia, falsely claimed to be a product of Malaysia, and imported into the United States through those false representations. The story, reported by Jason Gale, Lydia Mulvany, and Monte Reel, documents the abuse of antibiotics in raising both terrestrial and aquatic livestock in […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Asks Customs and Border Protection to Use New Anti-Evasion Administrative Proceedings to Prevent Trade Fraud

Yesterday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted written comments to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in response to interim regulations adopted by the agency to implement the Enforce and Protect Act of 2015 (EAPA) enacted into law as Title IV of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA).  These interim regulations establish a new administrative proceeding administered […]

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The Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments to Congress Regarding the Effective Enforcement of U.S. Trade Laws

On September 27, 2016, the Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on “Effective Enforcement of U.S. Trade Laws.”  The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), R. Gil Kerlikowske, appeared before the Subcommittee to give testimony regarding the agency’s efforts to improve enforcement of U.S. trade laws […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Stands Up New Investigation Proceedings to Counter Evasion of Trade Remedy Laws

Last week, notice was published in the Federal Register of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Interim Final Rule establishing procedures for the investigation of evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders.  These new administrative proceedings were established by Title IV, Section 21 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, a title commonly referred to as the […]

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Letter from Representative Boustany to SSA re: PROTECT Act

Representative Boustany (R-LA) sent a letter to thank SSA and its membership for its important work on behalf of the industry and to announce that his bill, the PROTECT Act, was sent to President Obama for signature into law. This bill was strongly supported by SSA and gives U.S. Customs and Border Protection tools needed to enforce U.S. trade laws and stop dumped […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Hails House Vote on Customs Enforcement

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 256 to 158 to agree to the Conference Report resolving differences between the Senate and House versions of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  The vote moves a bill substantially improving trade enforcement measures into the final stages of becoming law, with the Senate expected to take up the […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Strongly Endorses H.R. 1907, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade, Pat Tiberi (R-OH), introduced H.R. 1907, the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.”  The proposed legislation includes several measures that would substantially strengthen the federal government’s ability to prevent and deter fraudulent trade, while increasing consumer confidence in the market. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act […]

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