Imported Shrimp May Use Human Trafficking

Shrimp consumed in the United States may have been produced using human trafficking according to the U.S. Department of Labor and human rights organizations. Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. Documented examples of human trafficking in the shrimp supply chain include individuals held at sea to catch […]

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World Day Against Child Labor Includes Shrimp

The U.S. government, other governments, and human rights organizations have all documented labor abuses in the shrimp supply chain in several countries. On June 12, the Southern Shrimp Alliance is promoting resources to help shrimp purchasers avoid sourcing from supply chains that use forced labor, child labor, and forced child labor as part of World Day Against Child Labor. Resources […]

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New Online Tools Address Slavery in Shrimp Supply Chain

“Check Your Supplier” feature of SSA’s website provides government and third-party resources to identify risks of forced labor or banned antibiotics in shrimp production The American commercial shrimp industry is heavily regulated. Federal, state, and local governments set out rules and regulations regarding how, when, and where commercial shrimpers work. They require fishermen to document their activities. They require safeguards be adopted […]

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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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In Dismissal of Slavery Case, the Limitations on Accountability for Vertically-Integrated Seafood Supply Chains Become Clear

Shortly before Christmas, a federal judge in the Central District of California, Judge John F. Walter, dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by seven Cambodian nationals seeking compensation for their treatment as workers in two Thai seafood processing plants. Through three separate orders issued on December 21st, Judge Walter dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims against the Thai seafood processing plant S.S. Frozen Food […]

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SSA Condemns Criminal Defamation Case Filed Against Prominent Labor Activist in Thailand

In a letter sent today to U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Southern Shrimp Alliance expressed grave concern regarding the recently filed criminal defamation charges in Thailand against Andy Hall, a British citizen resident in Thailand. According to published reports, Mr. Hall, a long-time advocate of humane […]

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Court of International Trade Rejects Twenty-one Cent an Hour Wage Rate for Vietnamese Shrimp Industry

Yesterday, the Court of International Trade reversed a Department of Commerce decision to accept a $0.21 per hour labor wage rate for the purpose of calculating antidumping duties on Vietnamese shrimp. In remanding the decision back to the agency, the Court found that Commerce had failed to adequately explain why it had chosen the low labor rate. Because Vietnam is […]

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Addressing Child Safety and Labor Abuses

The use of child and forced labor is a serious problem in some shrimp exporting countries. The use of such labor is not only morally repugnant but also has a direct trade impact in that it provides an unfair cost advantage to producers who exploit such workers. In addition, imports produced by such labor can be excluded from entry into […]

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Fighting for Fair Trade

FIGHTING FOR FAIR TRADE: CONTENTS Achieving Equitable Benefits of Trade Relief Improving Duty Collection Litigating the Antidumping Orders Addressing Child Safety and Labor Abuses The Southern Shrimp Alliance has prosecuted and defended the antidumping duties imposed to respond to unfair pricing, and provided information and analysis to multiple government agencies to respond to illegal evasion of the duties. Although the […]

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