Legislation with Strong Measures Addressing Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chains Passes Senate

Last night, by a 68 to 32 vote, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) was passed in the Senate.  The bipartisan bill, previously known as the Endless Frontier Act, includes a section titled “Trading Consistent with American Values” that improves and increases the federal government’s capacity to prevent the importation of foreign goods produced through forced and child […]

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U.S. Trade Representative Announces New Tariffs to Be Imposed on Small Amount of Indian Shrimp Imports in November

Yesterday, notice was published in the Federal Register of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) decision to impose an additional twenty-five (25) percent tariff on imports from India valued at roughly $119 million, effective November 29, 2021 pursuant to its authority under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. Certain shrimp products imported from India were included in the USTR’s […]

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CBP Announces Intent to Make CDSOA Distributions in FY2021

Today, the Federal Register published U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (“CBP”) “Notice of Intent to Distribute Offset for Fiscal Year 2021.” Per the notice, for fiscal year 2021 distributions of Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA”) funds, certifications must be received by the agency by July 27, 2021.  CBP also recently issued a preliminary report regarding CDSOA funds that may be available for […]

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NOAA Fisheries SIMP Implementation Report Shows Significant Noncompliance, Immediate Need for Improved Enforcement

On Friday, the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) released a report detailing the agency’s experience in administering the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) since the program took effect in January 2018 (Report on the Implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program). In the report, NOAA Fisheries explained that the agency had […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments Regarding Secure Food Supply Chains to U.S. Department of Agriculture

On Friday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding how stimulus relief programs and spending related to food supply chain resilience can help to increase the durability and resilience of U.S. seafood supply. The USDA’s request for comments was an outgrowth of an Executive Order issued in February (Executive Order 14017) regarding America’s Supply […]

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Beginning in July, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Will Require Reporting of Imports of Wild-Caught Shrimp Separate from Farm-Raised Shrimp

On Thursday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance was informed by the federal interagency Section 484(f) Committee that the organization’s request for revisions to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) of the ten-digit codes applicable to the importation of frozen, raw warmwater shrimp had been approved. The announcement was in response to the formal request of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Applauds Introduction of the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act

This afternoon, Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Representative Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act, legislation that would strengthen the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recognize that forced labor constitutes an illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing practice, and require traceability of imported seafood equivalent to […]

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Through April, the FDA Has Already Refused More Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Than All of 2020

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 107 total seafood entry line refusals in April, of which 6 (5.6%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first third of this year, the FDA has now refused more entry lines of antibiotic-contaminated shrimp than were refused in all of […]

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In First Quarter of 2021, FDA Refuses Almost as Much Antibiotic-Tainted Shrimp as All of 2020

On Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 59 total seafood entry line refusals in March, of which 6 (10.2%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With a total of 33 entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics through the first two months of this year, the FDA has […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Opposes Recommendations of COAC’s Forced Labor Working Group

Earlier today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance issued a letter to the Forced Labor Division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate (TRLED) expressing support for the agency’s intention to make forced labor a priority trade issue, joining agriculture/quota enforcement; antidumping and countervailing duties; free trade agreements; import safety; intellectual property rights; revenue; and textiles and […]

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