Commerce Announces Preliminary Countervailing Duty Rates, Rejects COGSI’s Arguments Regarding Scope

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced preliminary determinations in the subsidy investigations of frozen warmwater shrimp imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.  The cash deposit rates announced, along with the relative volume of the shrimp imports represented by each country, are summarized in the table below.   Country 2012 Volume (in metric tons) Cash Deposit […]

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News Alert: The Petitions for Countervailing Duties

On Friday, December 28, petitions for trade relief from subsidized shrimp imports from seven countries were filed with the U.S. government.  These petitions were filed by the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries and seek countervailing duties to be imposed on shrimp imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, due to the alleged subsidization of shrimp exports by […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Ethoxyquin, Nitrofurans, and Chloramphenicol

In September, the FDA refused 148 shipments of seafood imports.  Seven of these refusals (less than five percent) were of frozen shrimp imports.  Six shipments of shrimp, sent from exporters in Ecuador, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, were refused for the presence of salmonella.  And one shipment of shrimp from Bangladesh was refused because of nitrofurans and veterinary drug residues. At […]

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GAO Issues Report Calling on FDA to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood

On May 16, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) made public a report prepared for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation reviewing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of banned antibiotics, fungicides, and other harmful drug residues in imported seafood.  The report, “Seafood Safety: FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood and Better Leverage […]

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Florida Seafood Company Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Mislabel Shrimp

A press release from the United States Attorney’s Office found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/fls/PressReleases/110427-01.html FLORIDA SEAFOOD COMPANY AND ITS PRESIDENT PLEAD GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO MISLABEL SHRIMP April 27, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hal Robbins, Special Agent in Charge, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), […]

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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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Preventing Mislabeling and Transshipment

Exporters and importers of Chinese shrimp, in particular, have employed a variety of schemes to avoid antidumping duties and the FDA control. Substantial transshipment of Chinese shrimp through Indonesian exporters was uncovered several years ago by the investigatory work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since that time other transshipment schemes have been uncovered. CBP and ICE, at the request […]

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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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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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Customs Cracks Down on Illegally Labeled Chinese Shrimp Imports

SSA Grateful for Strong Enforcement of Trade and Food Safety Laws Tarpon Springs, FL-The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) applauds the significant efforts undertaken by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to prevent evasion of U.S. trade and food safety laws by Chinese shrimp producers.  At the port of Los Angeles, CBP officials have stopped over 30 containers of Chinese shrimp […]

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