U.S. Customs and Border Protection Reports That Over $60 Million in Antidumping Duty Deposits Were Made on Shrimp Imports in Fiscal Year 2017

The Department of Homeland Security recently publicly released U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) annual report to Congress regarding antidumping and countervailing duty enforcement for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The report, titled Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Enforcement Actions and Compliance Initiatives: FY2017, was completed and submitted to Congress on July 30, 2018 and provides a comprehensive overview of CBP’s enforcement activities […]

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U.S. Congress Acts to Place Imported Shrimp Under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) is extremely pleased to report that the final Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus appropriations bill includes a long sought-after provision that will once and for all put imported shrimp under the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). Shrimp is the largest U.S. seafood import, with over $6 billion in shrimp products imported in 2017.   The SIMP […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Report to Congress Highlights Effectiveness of Antidumping Duty Orders on Shrimp

Every year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is required by law to provide a report to Congress regarding enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duty orders over the prior fiscal year (FY). CBP’s report for FY2016 was presented to Congress on November 17, 2017, but was made available to the public for the first time this week. The United States operates […]

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Coast Guard Bill Passes- Important Progress Made for US Shrimp Fleet

With the passage by the House of Representatives of a Senate amendment this week, Congress has now competed its action on the 2015 Coast Guard authorization bill HR 4188. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law (enacted). Link to Bill Text: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr4188eas/pdf/BILLS-114hr4188eas.pdf This bill is the product of extensive and intensive negotiations within […]

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Giving Texas Agriculture a Voice on Capitol Hill

By Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller 2015 has been a great year for Texas agriculture. Our state was blessed with beneficial rainfall. Farmers have experienced bountiful harvests, and we’re seeing our ranchers start to rebuild their herds after the devastating drought our state experienced. Any farmer or rancher will tell you to count your blessings but keep your eye on […]

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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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Why Does Congress Listen to SSA

Two weeks ago, I was honored to testify to Congress on behalf of the shrimp industry on trade fraud with shrimp imports.  I was even more honored to speak in support of strong legislation proposed by Congressmen Boustany and Richmond to address import fraud.  Later that evening, ABC News ran a national segment on the continued detection of harmful antibiotics […]

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Offshore Aquaculture

In 2008, the Gulf Council submitted to NOAA a plan that set rules for offshore aquaculture development in the Gulf of Mexico.  The proposal excluded brown, white, pink and royal red shrimp from the list of eligible species for offshore aquaculture because the SSA successfully argued that it would negatively impact U.S. shrimp stocks. Also in response to the SSA’s […]

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Addressing the “New Shipper” Loophole

The SSA has identified for CBP evasion of antidumping duties through the “new shipper” review, where a “new” importing business is set up to avoid antidumping duty deposits and to protect established importers from duty liability. A “new shipper” engineers sales to obtain a 0% antidumping duty deposit rate and then exports substantial quantities of merchandise to an importer that […]

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Facilitating Communication

EXPLORE FURTHER: Congress Industry In 2009, the SSA continued its efforts to attend commercial fishing meetings and to update industry participants about the latest activities by the organization and with regard to numerous issues that affect U.S. shrimpers and their businesses. The SSA presented information at the annual shrimp association meetings in Texas, Georgia and South Carolina, two different association […]

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