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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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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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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$409k in CDSOA Funds for Shrimp Industry in FY2020

Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published information regarding the annual distribution under the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA) for fiscal year (FY) 2020. In total, CBP reports that $409,298.83 in antidumping duties collected on shrimp imports was made available for distribution this year. This represents a substantial increase from the $135,836.19 in antidumping duties collected on shrimp […]

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CBP Announces Intent to Make CDSOA Distributions in FY2020

Today, the Federal Register published U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (“CBP”) “Notice of Intent to Distribute Offset for Fiscal Year 2020.” Per the notice, for fiscal year 2020 distributions of Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA”) funds, certifications must be received by the agency by July 27, 2020. CBP also recently issued a preliminary report regarding CDSOA funds that may be available for […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Opposes Proposals to Grant Importers Deferrals of Duty Payment Obligations

The Southern Shrimp Alliance notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the U.S. shrimp industry’s objection to requests from importers for the deferral of payment of estimated antidumping and countervailing duties for a significant time period. Last week, CBP issued a notice to importers informing them that “due to the severity of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), [CBP] will approve on […]

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CBP Formally Initiates Evasion Investigation of Imports of Shrimp from Minh Phu Seafood

On Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) formally notified MSeafood Corporation, a California-based seafood importer, that the agency had commenced a formal investigation under the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) to determine whether the company had evaded the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India through its imports of shrimp into the United States. In July […]

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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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CBP FORMALLY REVOKES ERRONEOUS COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN RULING ON COOKED SHRIMP AND ISSUES REMINDER REGARDING MARKING REQUIREMENTS

 In July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) formally modified and corrected a January 2017 ruling letter (NY N281670) erroneously holding that Indian shrimp exported to Guatemala for cooking and peeling had been substantially transformed through its processing in Guatemala such that the appropriate country-of-origin of the cooked shrimp for marking purposes in the United States was Guatemala. In written […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Lauds U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Issuance of Five New Withhold Release Orders

On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) on a variety of goods imported into the United States that are produced through forced or prison labor. The WRO was issued pursuant to CBP’s authority under 19 U.S.C. 1307, banning the importation of goods produced through forced or child labor. CBP issued WROs covering: (1)  garments […]

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