Southern Shrimp Alliance Advises Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force that It Must Address Imports

In written comments submitted on Tuesday to the Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force, the Southern Shrimp Alliance emphasized the need for any comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy to address seafood imports into the United States. NOAA Fisheries reports that the United States ran a $16.8 billion trade deficit in edible seafood in 2018.  This trade deficit in seafood has grown […]

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State Department Suspends the Section 609 Shrimp Certifications for China and Venezuela

In a Federal Register notice published today, the U.S. Department of State announced that it was suspending the certifications made, pursuant to Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, of the commercial shrimp fishery in China and Venezuela.  With regard to China, the State Department explained that the suspension of the People’s Republic of China resulted “due to the use of methods of harvesting […]

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In March, FDA Takes Action to Address Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp from Mexico

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data over the weekend reporting that there were 106 total seafood entry line refusals in March, of which 7 were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics (6.6%). The FDA has now reported a total of eleven refusals of shrimp entry lines for reasons related to banned antibiotics in 2020. The […]

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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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Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Updated Databases Documenting Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Import Rejections in the European Union, Japan, and the United States

As part of its “Know Your Supplier” initiative, the Southern Shrimp Alliance today released updated databases providing detailed information regarding shrimp imports rejected from the European Union, Japan, and the United States because of the presence of banned antibiotics. The databases, made available in Excel format, now include information for calendar year 2019 for the actions taken by enforcement agencies […]

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SOUTHERN SHRIMP ALLIANCE ASKS STATE DEPARTMENT TO RESCIND CHINA’S SECTION 609 CERTIFICATION

Over thirty years ago, Congress enacted Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, banning the importation of shrimp harvested through fishing methods that endanger sea turtles. In order to avoid the prohibition, the government of a country wishing to export shrimp to the United States must demonstrate that either it has a regulatory system in place similar to that of our country’s […]

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Indian Shrimp Shipment Again Rejected for Presence of Banned Antibiotics in February

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that there were 97 total seafood entry line refusals in February, of which two were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics (2.1%).  The FDA has now reported a total of four refusals of shrimp entry lines for reasons related to banned antibiotics in 2020, well below the monthly average […]

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FDA Renews Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now issued its first report of entry line refusals for 2020. There were 96 total seafood entry line refusals in January, of which two were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics (2.1%). The FDA had reported no refusals of shrimp entry lines for reasons related to banned antibiotics in November […]

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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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FDA Refuses Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp from India and China in August

For August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 2 out of the 72 (2.8%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first two-thirds of the year, the FDA has now refused a total of 52 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues, compared to […]

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