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Commerce Issues Final Re-Determination of Duty Rates Calculated for Vietnamese Exporter Affiliate of Ocean Duke; Re-Opens Sunset Review to Consider Evidence of Fraud

In response to a decision by the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Department of Commerce today published the Final Results of a re-conducted administrative review calculating antidumping duties owed on shrimp imports from Grobest & I-Mei Industrial (Vietnam) Co., Ltd. (“Grobest”). In August 2010, Commerce published the final results of its administrative review of Vietnamese shrimp imports entered […]

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New Shrimp Gear Reduces Fuel Costs, Improves Quality

A new publication, “Reducing Fuel Use in the Southeastern U.S. Shrimp Fishery with Vented, Cambered Doors and Braided, Sapphire® Webbing,” explains advancements in shrimp-trawl gear to improve fuel efficiency and catch quality. According to the study, the new gear is a real income builder for the shrimp-trawl industry, even when using conservative assumptions about useful life, fuel saved, even fuel […]

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Federal Court of Appeals Authorizes Commerce to Consider Evidence Regarding Circumvention

On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a non-precedential per curiam opinion granting the government’s request to reopen the 4th annual review of the antidumping duty order covering shrimp from China imported between 2008 and 2009.  The Court of Appeals’ decision follows a federal district court’s similar decision in January to allow the government […]

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Memorandum of Agreement Signed to Secure Labor Rights in Bangladeshi Shrimp Processing Sector

On Sunday, the Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA), the Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF), and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS) are reported to have signed a Memorandum of Agreement committing the groups to work together to achieve compliance with labor laws in Bangladesh’s shrimp processing sector. The Agreement was reached a week and a half […]

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SSA Condemns Criminal Defamation Case Filed Against Prominent Labor Activist in Thailand

In a letter sent today to U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Southern Shrimp Alliance expressed grave concern regarding the recently filed criminal defamation charges in Thailand against Andy Hall, a British citizen resident in Thailand. According to published reports, Mr. Hall, a long-time advocate of humane […]

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PROTECT ACT

Thanks to the efforts and leadership of Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA), SSA achieved a major legislative milestone on behalf of US shrimpers in its efforts to combat illegal shrimp imports and the fraudulent circumvention of antidumping duties by importers of foreign shrimp. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) announced that […]

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Know Your Supplier Continued: Eliminating Child and Forced Labor from the Shrimp Supply Chain

The U.S. Department of Labor released an updated “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” on Wednesday, as required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005. In the fourth edition of the report, shrimp is once again highlighted as a commodity produced by both child and forced labor. Shrimp from Bangladesh and Cambodia is listed […]

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US Coast Guard Regulations

      Below is the first step to moving toward the US Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 for fishing vessels:   Starting October 16th all Commercial Fishing Vessels that operate beyond 3nm of the baseline will have to have a current safety decal to operate or risk a violation.  Key words for your information; the standards are based on EXISTING […]

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Tackling Fraud

In 2002, the Southern Shrimp Alliance was formed to address the massive price declines that were occurring in our industry. Shortly after formation and through the organization’s initial investigation, we found was that shrimp were being imported from various foreign countries to the U.S. at dumped prices and relief from these unfairly-traded imports was available under U.S. law. As everyone […]

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Council Acts on SSA initiatives

  Electronic Logbooks: At its meeting in Tampa last week, the Gulf Fishery Management Council adopted by a strong vote of 10-3 a motion to direct its staff to prepare a white paper to evaluate a broad range of options for funding the electronic logbook program (ELB). This final motion actually represented the strongly preferred substitute offered by Council Member […]

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