Know Your Supplier: Is Your Peeled and Deveined Shrimp from Malaysia?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently released information regarding refusals of imported seafood in July 2014.  In total, 125 entry lines of seafood products were refused last month.  For the second month in a row, a significant portion of the total entry lines refused was for shipments of shrimp contaminated with banned veterinary drugs.  In June, 25 of […]

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What’s Causing High Prices for Shrimp?

After years of depressed and declining prices, the U.S. market for shrimp has been on the uptick since 2010. For the U.S. shrimp industry, this has meant increases in prices at the dock and in the wholesale market.   Why is this happening? The standard explanation is that shrimp import volumes have declined because of disease outbreaks in shrimp aquaculture […]

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Senator Landrieu’s Enforcement Efforts Huge Boost to Shrimp Industry

Last week, the Senate Committee on Appropriations submitted a report regarding the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, 2015 (S. 2534) emphasizing the importance of trade law enforcement.   The report:   Directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to dedicate $3 million to develop an automated system for the administration and oversight of Single Transaction Bonds (STBs); Instructs CBP […]

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Commerce Announces Preliminary Results in Eighth Administrative Reviews of the Antidumping Duty Orders on Shrimp

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced preliminary results in the administrative proceedings determining antidumping duties assessed on shrimp imports that entered the United States between February 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013.  The results of the eighth administrative review, when final, will also establish the cash deposits required to be made by importers for future shipments. In the previous […]

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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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Commerce Reverses Past Determination in Response to Fraud

Today, the Federal Register published yet another Commerce redetermination of a past administrative proceeding related to Ocean Duke and its affiliated Chinese shrimp supplier.  The Notice published today is the final results of the reconsideration of a changed circumstances review requested by Ocean Duke in 2007 that resulted in Hilltop International being recognized as Yelin Enterprise Co. Hong Kong’s successor-in-interest […]

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Seafood Broker Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Antidumping Duty Evasion Scheme

Yesterday, Mr. Jun Yang, who operated and controlled National Commodities Company, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for illegally brokering sales of hundreds of container loads of Chinese honey, falsely labeled as Indian or Malaysian honey, to avoid the payment of antidumping duties.  Mr. Yang was one of several defendants charged in a broad criminal investigation of evasion […]

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Commerce Announces Preliminarily Results That Would Substantially Increase Duties Owed on Past Entries of Vietnamese Shrimp

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced preliminarily results finding that frozen warmwater shrimp from the Vietnamese shrimp exporter Grobest & I-Mei Industrial (Vietnam) (“Grobest”) entered between February 1, 2008 and January 31, 2009 should be subject to an antidumping duty rate of 25.76%. In that review, Grobest had initially received a 3.92% antidumping duty rate but filed suit at […]

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Court of International Trade Affirms Commerce’s Treatment of Chinese Exporter Found to Have Committed Material Misrepresentation

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) issued an opinion in the challenge to the final results of the 5th annual review of the antidumping duty order covering shrimp imported from China between 2009 and 2010 brought by the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee (AHSTAC).   During the course of AHSTAC’s appeal, Commerce received permission to consider evidence […]

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Commerce Authorized to Consider Evidence Regarding Circumvention of Shrimp Antidumping Duties

  On Friday, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) issued an order authorizing the government to reopen the 4th annual review of the antidumping duty order covering shrimp imported from China between 2008 and 2009.  Although that review concluded in 2010, the Commerce Department now will consider evidence made public in 2012 suggesting transshipment through Cambodia to evade antidumping […]

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