IPR Center Bestows 2020 Partnership Award on the Southern Shrimp Alliance for Combating Trade Fraud Crimes in Inaugural Awards Ceremony

Yesterday, at its northern Virginia headquarters, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced the recipients of its 2020 Partnership Awards during the inaugural private sector recognition ceremony. Awards were presented to a total of 32 organizations, including private sector companies, academic institutions and advocacy organizations, in seven categories: Operation Stolen Promise, E-Commerce Working Group, Sustained Partnerships, Evolving Partnerships, […]

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For the Sixth Straight Month, FDA Sets Record Low for Refusals of Imported Seafood

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 23 total seafood entry line refusals in October (through at least October 23rd) of which three (13%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA has also now reported an additional eleven seafood entry line refusals in September increasing the […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Tells U.S. International Trade Commission that IUU Seafood Harms U.S. Commercial Fishing Industries

On December 19, 2019, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives requested that the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) conduct an investigation of the potential economic effects on U.S. fishermen of competition with illegal, unreported, and unregulated (“IUU”) seafood imports. In response, the ITC initiated a factfinding investigation, Investigation No. 332-575, regarding seafood obtained via IUU […]

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CBP Finds that MSeafood Evaded Antidumping Duty Payments on Indian Shrimp

Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice of an affirmative determination as to evasion in its administrative investigation pursuant to the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) of MSeafood Corporation, the United States importer affiliate of the Vietnamese shrimp producer and exporter, Minh Phu Seafood. The agency’s determination concluded that, based on the record of the administrative proceeding, MSeafood […]

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For Fifth Straight Month, FDA Sets Record Low for Refusals of Imported Seafood

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 24 total seafood entry line refusals in September (through at least September 24th) of which three (12.5%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA has also now reported an additional six seafood entry line refusals in August increasing the total from […]

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Department of Labor Includes Seafood Harvested from Distant-Water Fishing Fleets in List of Goods Produced by Forced Labor

Pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (“TVPRA”), each year, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs of the U.S. Department of Labor (“ILAB”) researches and identifies goods produced through forced and/or child labor. The biennial lists published by ILAB provide notice to U.S. importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers as to where risks of slave and child labor exist in particular […]

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Shrimp Industry Comes Out in Strong Support of the Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Made in the U.S.A. Regulations

In July, the Federal Register published notice of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) intent to promulgate new regulations related to “Made in the USA” and other unqualified U.S.-origin claims on product labels. Although the FTC has been enforcing its regulatory authority over the marketing of products as “Made in the USA” since 1940, the agency has not previously formally developed rules […]

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For Fourth Straight Month, FDA Sets Record Low for Refusals of Imported Seafood

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 26 total seafood entry line refusals in August (through at least August 25th). None of these refusals were for entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  However, two of the twenty-six entry lines (7.7%) were for shrimp from India refused for the presence […]

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For Third Straight Month, FDA Sets Record Low for Refusals of Imported Seafood

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 37 total seafood entry line refusals in July, of which three (8.1%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The small number of total seafood entry lines refused in July (37) continues, for the third straight month, an unprecedented low in the agency’s […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Advises Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force that It Must Address Imports

In written comments submitted on Tuesday to the Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force, the Southern Shrimp Alliance emphasized the need for any comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy to address seafood imports into the United States. NOAA Fisheries reports that the United States ran a $16.8 billion trade deficit in edible seafood in 2018.  This trade deficit in seafood has grown […]

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