SSA Submits Comments in Support of Commerce’s Proposal to Treat Currency Undervaluation as a Countervailable Subsidy

Last week, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted formal comments in support of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) proposed modification of the agency’s regulations that would now treat currency undervaluation by trading partners as a countervailable subsidy. On May 28th, notice was published in the Federal Register that Commerce was proposing to amend its regulations pertaining to the determination of “benefit” and […]

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World Day Against Child Labor Includes Shrimp

The U.S. government, other governments, and human rights organizations have all documented labor abuses in the shrimp supply chain in several countries. On June 12, the Southern Shrimp Alliance is promoting resources to help shrimp purchasers avoid sourcing from supply chains that use forced labor, child labor, and forced child labor as part of World Day Against Child Labor. Resources […]

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Recently Published Study Finds Indonesian Shrimp Contaminated with Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella

As part of the First International Conference of Fisheries and Marine Science held by Universitas Airlangga, the second oldest university in Indonesia, researchers at the University published the results of a study evaluating the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant salmonella in seafood and seafood products in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia.   The paper, Detection of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella sp. in […]

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Banned Antibiotics on Imported Shrimp Addressed on World Food Safety Day

The United Nations has declared June 7 as the first ever World Food Safety Day. Food safety is the absence — or the limitation to safe, acceptable levels — of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Food-borne hazards can be microbiological, chemical, or physical in nature. They are often invisible to the plain eye, like bacteria […]

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June 5: Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

International efforts to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. These prohibited practices evade environmental, food safety, labor, and trade laws. The Southern Shrimp Alliance is participating in the “International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing,” a United Nations-sanctioned day to highlight efforts taking place globally, regionally, and nationally […]

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FDA Rejects Shrimp from Mexico and United Arab Emirates in May

In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that just 12 out of the 88 (13.6%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first five months of the year, the FDA has refused a total of 44 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues, compared […]

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CBP Announces Intent to Make CDSOA Distributions in FY2019

Today, the Federal Register published U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (“CBP”) “Notice of Intent to Distribute Offset for Fiscal Year 2019.” Per the notice, certifications for fiscal year 2019 distributions of Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA”) funds must be received by the agency by July 30, 2019.   CBP also recently issued a preliminary report regarding CDSOA funds that […]

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Appellate Court Rejects Government Challenge to Ban on Importation of Some Mexican Seafood; Ability of SIMP to Stop Illegal Shrimp Imports at Issue in Court Case

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) rejected the U.S. Government’s appeal of a preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) in July 2018 ordering the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “to ban the importation of all fish and fish products from Mexican commercial fisheries that use gillnets within […]

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New Online Tools Address Slavery in Shrimp Supply Chain

“Check Your Supplier” feature of SSA’s website provides government and third-party resources to identify risks of forced labor or banned antibiotics in shrimp production The American commercial shrimp industry is heavily regulated. Federal, state, and local governments set out rules and regulations regarding how, when, and where commercial shrimpers work. They require fishermen to document their activities. They require safeguards be adopted […]

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ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SHRIMP IMPORTS WILL INCREASE TO 25% ON FRIDAY

Tomorrow, a formal notice from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will be published in the Federal Register announcing that, at the direction of President Trump, additional duties on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, will be increased from 10 to 25 percent effective on Friday, May 10th.  Last September, the USTR had initially […]

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