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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Federal Agency Officials Host Meeting in New Orleans with Domestic Shrimp Industry on Shrimp Trade Regulatory and Enforcement Issues

As reported in a tweet from the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center, officials from the Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with staff from Senator Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) office, met with representatives of the U.S. shrimp […]

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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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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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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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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Issues Withhold Release Order Barring Imports from Fishing Vessel

In the context of the $6.5 billion worth of shrimp imported into the United States from all over the world in 2017, the $4.6 million in shrimp we imported from Myanmar (Burma) that year was just a small drop in a huge ocean. But $4.6 million worth of shrimp is still a lot of shrimp. And it was a substantial jump up […]

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