SSA Supports Proposed Changes to Trade Regulations

The Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted today comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the agency’s proposal to withdraw regulations that allow individual exporters/producers out of antidumping duty orders if they can demonstrate a lack of dumping in three consecutive administrative reviews. The comments express SSA’s support for the proposed modification to the regulations and provide some background as to […]

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Foreign Shrimp Exporter Adopts Coding System to Prevent Seafood Fraud

Tarpon Springs, FL—Federal government investigations confirm that millions of dollars of falsely labeled shrimp are imported into the United States every year, an illegal activity that allows unprincipled companies to avoid U.S. food safety and trade laws. The Southern Shrimp Alliance and Devi Sea Foods Limited (Devi), an Indian exporter of shrimp, jointly developed a coding system that will prevent […]

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Circumvention Busted

Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney, District of Maryland regarding a recent conviction for cicumvention of antidumping orders. www.justice.gov/usao/md CONTACT: AUSA VICKIE E. LEDUC or MARCIA MURPHY at (410) 209-4885 OWNER AND COMPANY INDICTED IN SCHEME TO SMUGGLE GOODS FROM CHINA IN ORDER TO AVOID PAYING AT LEAST $1.15 MILLION IN CUSTOMS DUTIES Baltimore, Maryland […]

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Shrimpers Welcome Amendment to Improve Imported Seafood Safety

Tarpon Springs, Fla.— The final Senate version of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is a major step towards improving the Food and Drug Administration practices with respect to imported seafood.  The legislation includes many reforms similar to the Imported Seafood Safety Act, a bill originally introduced by Senator David Vitter, and reflects the input of the Southern Shrimp Alliance.  […]

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Shrimpers Welcome Amendment to Improve Imported Seafood Safety

SSA continues its battle on two fronts against illegal practices in the production and trade of imported farm-raised shrimp through an amendment to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and comments to USTR regarding Malaysia’s participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Expanding the Order to Cover “Dusted” Shrimp

Commerce created a significant loophole in the effectiveness of the antidumping duty orders by excluding so-called “dusted shrimp” from the duties. Commerce defined this product as shelled, individually quick frozen shrimp, dusted with between four and ten percent flour. The SSA has opposed the exclusion as a sham that makes getting around the duties simple because the “dusting” is easily […]

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Improving Duty Collection

EXPLORE FURTHER: Preventing Mislabeling and Transshipment Addressing the “New Shipper” Loophole Replacing Enhanced Bonding Requirements The U.S. trade laws can only help the domestic shrimp industry if they are enforced. Since 2006, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported that it has been unable to collect nearly $68.9 million in antidumping duties on shrimp. Some portion of these assessed […]

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Louisiana Shrimpers Strike

Hundreds of shrimpers descended on the Louisiana state capitol in August to protest low shrimp prices.  The shrimpers asked government officials to investigate the causes of the weak U.S. shrimp market and to take action against any market distorting behavior. SSA provided the Louisiana delegation with possible actions the government can take to protect the industry from documented market distortions, […]

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SSA Sends Letter to USTR about APEC Meetings

SSA sends a letter to USTR requesting it address the continuing violations of our nation’s food safety and fair trade laws during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 20th Ministerial Meeting

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CBP Must Prevent Undercollection of Duties

SSA sends a letter to USTR requesting an opportunity for CBP to consider all possible means to prevent undercollection of duties in light of foreign pressure to expedite implementation of WTO rulings.

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