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. 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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What’s Causing High Prices for Shrimp?

After years of depressed and declining prices, the U.S. market for shrimp has been on the uptick since 2010. For the U.S. shrimp industry, this has meant increases in prices at the dock and in the wholesale market.   Why is this happening? The standard explanation is that shrimp import volumes have declined because of disease outbreaks in shrimp aquaculture […]

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Senator Landrieu’s Enforcement Efforts Huge Boost to Shrimp Industry

Last week, the Senate Committee on Appropriations submitted a report regarding the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, 2015 (S. 2534) emphasizing the importance of trade law enforcement.   The report:   Directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to dedicate $3 million to develop an automated system for the administration and oversight of Single Transaction Bonds (STBs); Instructs CBP […]

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Providing Enforcement Solutions

EXPLORE FURTHER: Food Safety Legislation Economically-Motivated Adulteration Shrimp Fraud Investigations Foreign producers of pond-raised shrimp have powerful economic incentives to use banned substances, such as antibiotics and pesticides, to increase production yields in crowded shrimp ponds and to reduce the risk of total crop failure.  Use of these banned substances and various subsidies encourage overproduction and below fair market pricing. […]

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Louisiana Shrimpers Strike

Hundreds of shrimpers descended on the Louisiana state capitol in August to protest low shrimp prices.  The shrimpers asked government officials to investigate the causes of the weak U.S. shrimp market and to take action against any market distorting behavior. SSA provided the Louisiana delegation with possible actions the government can take to protect the industry from documented market distortions, […]

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Shrimpers Decry the Administration’s Reluctance to Aggressively Defend U.S. Trade Laws

Tarpon Springs, FL– Since 2001, U.S. importers have failed to pay nearly $1 billion in antidumping and countervailing duties assessed on unfairly traded imports.  This problem is directly attributable to the lack of an effective US mechanism to enforce the collection of duties on importers.  Absent such a mechanism, imports have been allowed to enter the United States, and when […]

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SSA Urges USTR to Appeal WTO Rulings

Continuous Bonding Requirements Necessary to Enforce U.S. Trade Laws Tarpon Springs, FL—A World Trade Organization dispute panel severely weakened the United States’ ability to ensure full payment of U.S. import duties in recent rulings against the U.S. enhanced bond requirements on shrimp imports from Thailand and India. The WTO determinations effectively prevent the United States from taking steps to ensure […]

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Testimony to Congress Denounces FDA Reliance on Self-Policing Instead of Testing

Tarpon Springs, FL—John Williams, a member of the U.S. shrimp industry for 37 years and executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), testified today before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Commerce and Energy Committee that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relies too heavily on U.S. importers to protect the U.S. food supply.  Williams […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Efforts Lead to Better Enforcement of U.S. Trade Laws

Chinese Shrimp Known for Circumvention and Food Safety Violations Tarpon Springs, FL- The Southern Shrimp Alliance’s (SSA) coordination with its Congressional allies and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) promises to yield better enforcement against circumvention of the antidumping orders on frozen warmwater shrimp from Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Transshipment, mislabeling product excluded as “dusted” shrimp, and […]

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