Federal Agencies Step Up Efforts to Address Shrimp Import Fraud

Yesterday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce commending the agency for its increased efforts to address shrimp import fraud.Commerce issued a final determination on Tuesday denying the request of Hilltop International, a shrimp exporter conglomerate, to be excluded from the antidumping duty order on shrimp from China due to […]

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Convictions Handed Down in Seafood Mislabeling Case; Investigation Uncovered Massive Fraud in Shrimp Trade

On Monday, Chau-Shing (“Duke”) Lin and Christopher Scott Ragone were sentenced for their role in a seafood mislabeling scheme involving pangasius falsely imported and marketed as other fish species.  Mr. Lin received a sentence of three years probation, one hundred hours of community service, and a fine of $60,000.  Mr. Ragone received three years probation with an order for one […]

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Addressing Child Safety and Labor Abuses

The use of child and forced labor is a serious problem in some shrimp exporting countries. The use of such labor is not only morally repugnant but also has a direct trade impact in that it provides an unfair cost advantage to producers who exploit such workers. In addition, imports produced by such labor can be excluded from entry into […]

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