The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major […]

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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 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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Recently Published Academic Studies Highlight the Importance of Monitoring Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens in Imported Shrimp

When President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2019 into law last month, the bill provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with “$500,000 to test Antibiotic Resistance in Imported Seafood.” By specifically funding a testing program, Congress emphasized the importance of detecting and monitoring antimicrobial pathogens on imported seafood, including shrimp.  Congress’s creation of a new testing program coincides […]

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Government Spending Bill Includes New Funds for FDA Seafood Inspections

Last night Congress passed a funding bill that provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with significant additional resources to address contaminated seafood products that are introduced to the U.S. market. The new FDA funding, championed by Senator Kennedy (LA) and co-sponsored by Senator Cassidy (LA), increases by twenty-six percent the resources the FDA must spend to inspect imported seafood at the […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Reports That Over $60 Million in Antidumping Duty Deposits Were Made on Shrimp Imports in Fiscal Year 2017

The Department of Homeland Security recently publicly released U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) annual report to Congress regarding antidumping and countervailing duty enforcement for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The report, titled Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Enforcement Actions and Compliance Initiatives: FY2017, was completed and submitted to Congress on July 30, 2018 and provides a comprehensive overview of CBP’s enforcement activities […]

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U.S. Congress Acts to Place Imported Shrimp Under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) is extremely pleased to report that the final Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus appropriations bill includes a long sought-after provision that will once and for all put imported shrimp under the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). Shrimp is the largest U.S. seafood import, with over $6 billion in shrimp products imported in 2017.   The SIMP […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Report to Congress Highlights Effectiveness of Antidumping Duty Orders on Shrimp

Every year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is required by law to provide a report to Congress regarding enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duty orders over the prior fiscal year (FY). CBP’s report for FY2016 was presented to Congress on November 17, 2017, but was made available to the public for the first time this week. The United States operates […]

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Coast Guard Bill Passes- Important Progress Made for US Shrimp Fleet

With the passage by the House of Representatives of a Senate amendment this week, Congress has now competed its action on the 2015 Coast Guard authorization bill HR 4188. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law (enacted). Link to Bill Text: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr4188eas/pdf/BILLS-114hr4188eas.pdf This bill is the product of extensive and intensive negotiations within […]

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Giving Texas Agriculture a Voice on Capitol Hill

By Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller 2015 has been a great year for Texas agriculture. Our state was blessed with beneficial rainfall. Farmers have experienced bountiful harvests, and we’re seeing our ranchers start to rebuild their herds after the devastating drought our state experienced. Any farmer or rancher will tell you to count your blessings but keep your eye on […]

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