ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SHRIMP IMPORTS WILL INCREASE TO 25% ON FRIDAY

Tomorrow, a formal notice from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will be published in the Federal Register announcing that, at the direction of President Trump, additional duties on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, will be increased from 10 to 25 percent effective on Friday, May 10th.  Last September, the USTR had initially […]

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Senator Cassidy Asks Trump Administration to Address Contaminated Indian Shrimp Exports Diverted to the United States

At a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) emphasized the harm caused by a flood of Indian shrimp imports to Louisiana shrimpers in his questions to the United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. Senator Cassidy explained that the imposition of strict phytosanitary controls on Indian shrimp imports by the European Union had diverted […]

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THE USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SEAFOOD IMPORTS

Last night, at the direction of President Trump, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that a 10 percent additional tariff would be imposed on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, effective on Monday, September 24th. The USTR additionally announced that these tariffs would increase to 25 percent on January 1, 2019.   The additional […]

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THE USTR PROPOSES ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SEAFOOD IMPORTS

   On Tuesday, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it was beginning the process of imposing an additional ten percent (10%) tariff on $200 billion on imported goods from China. The USTR also issued a lengthy list of products, encompassing 6,031 tariff subheadings, proposed to be subject to these additional ten percent tariffs.            The initial action to be taken under […]

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Broad Support Voiced for Adding Seafood to Any Section 301 Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Imports

Although the Trump Administration has announced that it is suspending its Section 301 (19 U.S.C. § 2411) investigation of unfair Chinese government practices, the record to file comments on proposed additional tariffs closed on Tuesday. The Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted a second letter to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in support of the request made by Senator […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Requests that Additional Tariffs Be Placed on All Imports of Seafood Produced through Chinese Aquaculture

Summary Today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted a letter to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) supporting the request made by Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana that shrimp and crawfish imports from China be included in the proposed remedial action to be taken under 19 U.S.C. 2411 (Section 301) that would impose an additional 25 percent tariff […]

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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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Southern Shrimp Alliance Applauds the U.S. Trade Representative’s WTO Challenge to Chinese Export Subsidies

In a press release issued today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the U.S. government is pursuing dispute settlement consultations with the Chinese government at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to address China’s “Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform.”   The USTR’s investigation into the “Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform” program indicates that certain companies participating as Demonstration […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments Supporting the Recommendations Proposed by the President’s Task Force on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

In December, the President’s Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud issued fifteen (15) recommendations “for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need.” The Task Force invited the public to provide comments regarding the proposed recommendations.  In response to this […]

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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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