New Online Tools Address Slavery in Shrimp Supply Chain

“Check Your Supplier” feature of SSA’s website provides government and third-party resources to identify risks of forced labor or banned antibiotics in shrimp production The American commercial shrimp industry is heavily regulated. Federal, state, and local governments set out rules and regulations regarding how, when, and where commercial shrimpers work. They require fishermen to document their activities. They require safeguards be adopted […]

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SSA Submits Comments to CBP Encouraging Increased Enforcement Measures

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a “21st Century Customs Framework” initiative, intended to give the public an opportunity to comment on the direction and future priorities of the agency.  At a public hearing held regarding the initiative in Washington, DC on March 1, 2019, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) emphasized the importance of the initiative, as well as the […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Issues Withhold Release Order Barring Imports from Fishing Vessel

In the context of the $6.5 billion worth of shrimp imported into the United States from all over the world in 2017, the $4.6 million in shrimp we imported from Myanmar (Burma) that year was just a small drop in a huge ocean. But $4.6 million worth of shrimp is still a lot of shrimp. And it was a substantial jump up […]

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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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