Southern Shrimp Alliance Applauds U.S. Department of Commerce’s Finding that China Remains a Non-Market Economy

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) invited the public to provide comments regarding China’s economy and ongoing reforms as part of an inquiry into whether China operates a market economy.  In May, the Southern Shrimp Alliance, along with dozens of U.S. manufacturers and labor unions, submitted extensive analysis and evidence demonstrating that the government of China continued […]

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Commerce Discontinues Use of Bangladeshi Wage Rates to Value Vietnamese Labor Costs in Shrimp Antidumping Duty Proceedings

Today, the U.S. Court of International Trade issued a decision affirming the U.S. Department of Commerce’s determination to abandon the use of wage rates from the Bangladeshi shrimp processing industry to value labor costs for Vietnamese shrimp processors in its calculation of antidumping duties for Vietnamese shrimp. Because Vietnam is not a market-based economy, Commerce is required to look to […]

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Commerce Stops Using $0.21/Hour Wage Rate to Calculate Dumping Margins

Yesterday, the Department of Commerce, under respectful protest, submitted a final remand determination to the Court of International Trade amending the calculation of antidumping duties on Vietnamese shrimp imported into the U.S. between February 2009 and January 2010. As a nonmarket economy, antidumping duties are calculated for Vietnamese imports based on surrogate values obtained from other comparable market economies. To […]

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SSA Submits Comments on Calculating Labor Wage Rates

The Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted comments to the Department of Commerce on the means by which the agency can best capture the cost of labor in antidumping proceedings involving non-market (“NME”) economy countries, such as China and Vietnam. SSA supports Commerce’s preference to employ labor wage rate data from multiple countries rather than allowing parties to cherry-pick labor wage information […]

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Comments on Criteria for Establishing Non-Market Economy AD Rates

SSA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce on the de facto criteria for establishing a separate rate in antidumping proceedings involving non-market economy (“NME”) countries in response to a Federal Register notice. SSA supports the agency’s efforts to improve the de facto criteria employed to determine whether separate rate status is appropriately granted and concurs with the submission […]

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U.S. Senators Urge Full Enforcement of U.S. Laws in Shrimp Antidumping Cases

Washington, DC—United States Senators Lott (MS), Chambliss (GA), Landrieu (LA), Vitter (LA), and Isakson (GA) urged the Department of Commerce to enforce U.S. trade laws vigorously with regards to the review of antidumping duties on warmwater shrimp in a joint letter to Commerce Secretary Gutierrez sent May 25, 2007. The letter cited examples of lax enforcement and troubling changes in […]

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