Commentary: Criminal Defamation Case Against Prominent Labor Activist Starts in Thailand

This week in Thailand, the civil and criminal lawsuits brought by the Natural Fruit Co. Ltd., one of the country’s largest pineapple processors, against Andy Hall began.  These lawsuits carry the threat of both substantial time in prison and massive financial damages for the long-time advocate of humane treatment and acceptable working conditions for migrant laborers in Thailand.   Over […]

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IUU Seafood Fraud Task Force

SSA Submits Recommendations to President’s Task Force on Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing On June 17, 2014, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum entitled ”Establishing a Comprehensive Framework to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud.” Among other actions, the Memorandum established a Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud (Task […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Omnibus Appropriations Bill Highlights Continuing Concerns Regarding Labor in Bangladeshi Shrimp Industry

On Monday night, Congress released the text of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014,” outlining the spending of a trillion dollars for the operation of the federal government.  The compromise bill includes a number of provisions of relevance to the commercial seafood industry, including a section that would, if enacted, afford greater flexibility to the seafood industry in the employment of […]

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Commerce Stops Using $0.21/Hour Wage Rate to Calculate Dumping Margins

Yesterday, the Department of Commerce, under respectful protest, submitted a final remand determination to the Court of International Trade amending the calculation of antidumping duties on Vietnamese shrimp imported into the U.S. between February 2009 and January 2010. As a nonmarket economy, antidumping duties are calculated for Vietnamese imports based on surrogate values obtained from other comparable market economies. To […]

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Comment: Court of International Trade Again Rejects Use of a Twenty-One Cents an Hour Wage Rate to Value Labor in Antidumping Cases

Today, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) issued an opinion in the challenge to the final results of the 5th annual review of the antidumping duty order covering shrimp imported from Vietnam between 2009 and 2010 brought by the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee (AHSTAC).    Because the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) review involved a nonmarket economy, […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): United States Suspends Bangladesh’s GSP Benefits

Last Thursday, the White House issued a proclamation declaring that “it is appropriate to suspend Bangladesh’s designation as a GSP beneficiary developing country because it has not taken or is not taking steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights to workers in the country.”   The decision means that many of Bangladesh’s exports will be denied beneficial tariff rates under […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): “The Walmart Effect: Child and Worker Rights Violations at Narong Seafood, Thailand’s Model Shrimp Processing Factory”

Narong Seafood Company Limited is a large seafood exporter in Thailand.  Bills of lading information indicate that Narong supplies the U.S. market with substantial volumes of shrimp, often packaged in familiar retail brands, including Walmart.  For the moment, the company’s website (http://www.narongseafood.co.th/) opens on a page shouting “NARONG SEAFOOD AGAINST ANY FORM OF CHILD LABOUR, FORCED LABOUR AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING.”  […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): “Sold to the Sea: Human Trafficking in Thailand’s Fishing Industry”

When we talk about labor abuse problems in the Thai shrimp industry, the focus is on what takes place in shrimp peeling sheds.  But the nature of labor abuse in Thailand is more sweeping and touches on other industries that are related to the shrimp exporting sector. Earlier this week, the Environmental Justice Foundation, a British NGO, released “Sold to […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Humanity United Releases Exhaustive Study on Exploitative Labor Practices in the Global Shrimp Industry

Today, Humanity United released a study – “Exploitative Labor Practices in the Global Shrimp Industry” – prepared by Accenture that provides in-depth analysis about the characteristics and causes of labor abuse in the shrimp industries of Bangladesh and Thailand.  The study explains that at least some of the efficiencies believed to exist with farmed shrimp are due to artificially low […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Report on Labor Abuses in Bangladesh’s Farmed-Shrimp Industry

Today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance formally filed a report entitled “Know Your Supplier: Labor Abuses in Bangladesh’s Farmed-Shrimp Industry” with the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC). The submission, filed through the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), responds to the announcement that the TPSC is currently reviewing Bangladesh’s eligibility for GSP benefit.   The […]

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