GAO Report Questions FDA’s Import Alert Removal Process and Criticizes the Lack of Federal Agency Cooperation to Address Evasion

Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) publicly released a report of its audit of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) management of import alerts covering seafood – Imported Seafood Safety: Actions Needed to Improve FDA Oversight of Import Alert Removal Decisions (GAO-20-62, Nov. 2019). The GAO’s new report raises two major concerns regarding the FDA’s oversight of seafood […]

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Watch SSA’s hearing testimony

Nathan Rickard testified against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on behalf of the Southern Shrimp Alliance at a hearing before the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife subcommittee of House Natural Resources Committee on November 14. His testimony starts at 1:00:23 at the video found at https://naturalresources.house.gov/hearings/wow-oversight-hearing_november-14-2019. Read SSA’s written testimony here: Testimony before Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Oversight […]

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Revoke Erroneous Country-of-Origin Ruling for Cooked Shrimp

In response to a request for comments issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Southern Shrimp Alliance formally submitted extensive written comments in support of the agency’s proposal to modify and revoke a ruling letter issued in January 2017 regarding the country-of-origin of certain cooked shrimp imported into the United States. On January 3, 2017, CBP issued a […]

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SSA Submits Comments to CBP Encouraging Increased Enforcement Measures

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a “21st Century Customs Framework” initiative, intended to give the public an opportunity to comment on the direction and future priorities of the agency.  At a public hearing held regarding the initiative in Washington, DC on March 1, 2019, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) emphasized the importance of the initiative, as well as the […]

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SSA Participates in Training Course for Trade Enforcement Agents

On Wednesday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance participated in a training session on enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duties for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.  In the presentation, SSA provided an overview of the U.S. warmwater shrimp industry, emphasizing the communities and families across the coasts of the […]

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Federal Court Rejects National Fisheries Institute’s Challenge to Seafood Import Monitoring Program

“In the end, the Rule weathers the storm of Plaintiffs’ various challenges.”    This (ill-timed) metaphor concludes the decision issued on Monday by the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia rejecting the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) efforts to invalidate the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).   In reality, as discussed extensively in the Court’s 67-page opinion, there wasn’t […]

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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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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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BloombergBusinessweek Investigative Report Documents How Contaminated Shrimp from China Is Intentionally Entered Into the U.S. Market through Fraud

Today, Bloomberg Businessweek published an investigative report detailing how Chinese shrimp contaminated by antibiotics was routed through Malaysia, falsely claimed to be a product of Malaysia, and imported into the United States through those false representations. The story, reported by Jason Gale, Lydia Mulvany, and Monte Reel, documents the abuse of antibiotics in raising both terrestrial and aquatic livestock in […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Asks Customs and Border Protection to Use New Anti-Evasion Administrative Proceedings to Prevent Trade Fraud

Yesterday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted written comments to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in response to interim regulations adopted by the agency to implement the Enforce and Protect Act of 2015 (EAPA) enacted into law as Title IV of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA).  These interim regulations establish a new administrative proceeding administered […]

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