U.S. Congress Acts to Place Imported Shrimp Under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) is extremely pleased to report that the final Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus appropriations bill includes a long sought-after provision that will once and for all put imported shrimp under the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). Shrimp is the largest U.S. seafood import, with over $6 billion in shrimp products imported in 2017.   The SIMP […]

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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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Senate Shrimp Supporters Move to Protect U.S. Shrimpers from Illegal Imports

SSA thanks and congratulates Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), powerful Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for once again championing the best interests of the domestic shrimp industry by including a provision in his FY 2018 Appropriations bill to ensure that the federal Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) will cover all shrimp imports.   This provision was also shepherded by the Appropriations […]

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Know Your Supplier: Ethoxyquin & Shrimp Aquaculture

In 2012, the government of Japan began to reject shrimp imported from India and Vietnam for the presence of a chemical called Ethoxyquin, a synthetic antioxidant used in fish meal feed as well as many other applications:  http://www.shrimpalliance.com/know-your-supplier-continued-ethoxyquin-nitrofurans-and-chloramphenicol/  In October of that year, the government of India raised concerns regarding the government of Japan’s actions at the Sanitary and Phytosanitary […]

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Solid Senate Support for Combatting Illegal Shrimp Imports

A bipartisan group of eleven powerful U.S. Senators has gone to bat in a big way for the domestic shrimp industry and U.S. shrimp consumers and against illegal shrimp imports by expressing their support for the full implementation of the new U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. Their support was expressed in an April 27, 2017, letter to Department of Commerce […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Requests that National Ocean Council Committee Designate Shrimp an “At Risk” Species

Yesterday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted formal comments to the National Ocean Council (NOC) Committee regarding “principles” to be used in determining which seafood species are “at risk” for Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and seafood fraud.  In those comments, the Southern Shrimp Alliance observed that the “possible principles” identified in the request for comments published in the Federal […]

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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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Three Chinese Exporters Excluded from Antidumping Duty Order; Commerce Takes Action against Misrepresentations by another Chinese Exporter in Past Administrative Review

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that three Chinese shrimp exporters – the Allied Pacific Group; Yelin Enterprise Co. Hong Kong; and Shantou Red Garden Foodstuff Co., Ltd. – were exempted from antidumping duties effective March 22, 2013.  The exemption is the result of an appeal made to the World Trade Organization (WTO) by the government of the […]

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SSA Responds to China’s Request for Consultations re: Shrimp Duties

On March 31, 2011, China requested consultations with the United States to address the determination made by the U.S. Department of Commerce to not grant offsets (a practice generally referred to as “zeroing”) in the original shrimp antidumping duty investigation and subsequent administrative reviews, and reliance on dumping calculations made without offsets in the recently completed sunset review. The Southern […]

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SSA Objects to Proposed Changes to How the U.S. Calculates Antidumping Duties

In comments submitted to the Department of Commerce today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance strongly opposed the weakening of U.S. trade laws that will result from recently proposed revisions to how dumping is measured and antidumping duty rates are calculated. Commerce proposed changes to its regulations in response to rulings by the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization that condemn […]

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