SSA Submits Comments in Support of Commerce’s Proposal to Treat Currency Undervaluation as a Countervailable Subsidy

Last week, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted formal comments in support of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) proposed modification of the agency’s regulations that would now treat currency undervaluation by trading partners as a countervailable subsidy. On May 28th, notice was published in the Federal Register that Commerce was proposing to amend its regulations pertaining to the determination of “benefit” and […]

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June 5: Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

International efforts to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. These prohibited practices evade environmental, food safety, labor, and trade laws. The Southern Shrimp Alliance is participating in the “International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing,” a United Nations-sanctioned day to highlight efforts taking place globally, regionally, and nationally […]

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ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SHRIMP IMPORTS WILL INCREASE TO 25% ON FRIDAY

Tomorrow, a formal notice from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will be published in the Federal Register announcing that, at the direction of President Trump, additional duties on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, will be increased from 10 to 25 percent effective on Friday, May 10th.  Last September, the USTR had initially […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Requests that Additional Tariffs Be Placed on All Imports of Seafood Produced through Chinese Aquaculture

Summary Today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted a letter to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) supporting the request made by Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana that shrimp and crawfish imports from China be included in the proposed remedial action to be taken under 19 U.S.C. 2411 (Section 301) that would impose an additional 25 percent tariff […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Highlights Concerns Regarding the Role of Antibiotic Use in Shrimp Aquaculture in the Development and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance

The Fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TFAMR) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission will take place in Jeju, Korea from November 27, 2017 until December 1, 2017.  At this session, international delegates will discuss two documents that Codex will consider adopting to address concerns regarding the development and spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens […]

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NOAA’s Fisheries of the United States 2016 Highlights Massive Seafood Trade Deficits

The Office of Science and Technology of the National Marine Fisheries Service recently issued the Fisheries of the United States report for 2016.   The report indicates that although the volume of shrimp landed in the Gulf of Mexico fell by 4.1% in 2016, compared to 2015, the overall value of that catch increased by 9.1%.  Those trends mean that […]

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GAO Report Asks Why FDA Won’t Ask Foreign Suppliers to Do More to Stop Shipments of Contaminated Seafood

Over the last several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has significantly increased the agency’s testing of imported shrimp for banned antibiotics.  According to data released by the FDA to the Southern Shrimp Alliance in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the number of tests conducted by the agency has increased tenfold since the beginning of […]

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First Case of EMS Confirmed in the United States

In April 2013, the Southern Shrimp Alliance sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), expressing three concerns:  (1) Are there any known human health implications for the consumption of shrimp contaminated with the microbe that causes early mortality syndrome (EMS)?; (2) What is known […]

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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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