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 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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News Alert: Safety Issues with Vietnamese Seafood Persist

Safety Issues with Vietnamese Seafood Persist; Little Progress on Development of Detection Tools The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) recently released a formal statement responding to the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s concerns regarding exports of farmed seafood from Vietnam.  Arguing that the industry has addressed the use of harmful chemicals in aquaculture, VASEP claims that the Ministry of […]

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FDA: Vietnam Walked Away from Commitment to Test Shrimp, Basa, Tra, and Crabmeat Exports to the United States

Responding to concerns expressed by the Southern Shrimp Alliance regarding the contamination of Vietnamese seafood exports to the U.S. market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that following organizational changes in the Ministry of Fisheries, the Vietnamese government did not extend or revoked: a number of regulatory Directives and Decisions that are legally enforceable in Vietnam, including Ministry […]

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News Alert: Murky Waters

Like everyone else with an e-mail address, I get forwarded a lot of links to videos that I am encouraged to watch. Some are of the antics of adorable kids or pets, some are of remarkable sporting achievements, some are short patriotic films, some are of crackpots explaining why a politician is either a charlatan or messiah. Some I enjoy, […]

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SSA Describes Rampant Customs Fraud and Duty Evasion Relating to Shrimp Imports in Statement to U.S. Senate

On May 19, 2011, the Southern Shrimp Alliance filed a written statement with the U.S. Senate focusing on the problem of illegal circumvention of shrimp antidumping duties.  The statement contributes the experiences and recommendations of the U.S. shrimp industry to a May 5th hearing, “Enforcing America’s Trade Laws in the Face of Customs Fraud and Duty Evasion,” before the U.S. […]

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Commerce Amends Trade Remedy to Apply Antidumping Duties to Dusted Shrimp

Yesterday, the Department of Commerce published notice in the Federal Register that the antidumping duty orders on frozen warmwater shrimp from Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam to include dusted shrimp in the scope of the trade remedy.  The decision to make dusted shrimp subject to antidumping duties results from over six years of litigation by the Southern Shrimp Alliance. […]

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Preventing Mislabeling and Transshipment

Exporters and importers of Chinese shrimp, in particular, have employed a variety of schemes to avoid antidumping duties and the FDA control. Substantial transshipment of Chinese shrimp through Indonesian exporters was uncovered several years ago by the investigatory work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since that time other transshipment schemes have been uncovered. CBP and ICE, at the request […]

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Replacing Enhanced Bonding Requirements

Effective April 1, 2009, CBP eliminated the enhanced bonding requirement on all shrimp imports in response to an unfavorable decision from the WTO on only two of the six countries subject to antidumping orders. CBP developed the enhanced bonding program, which required that parties importing shrimp subject to antidumping duties obtain a bond in the amount of duties expected to […]

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