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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U.S. International Trade Commission Preliminarily Determines Domestic Industry to Include Shrimp Fishermen, Farmers, and Processors

On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission released its views supporting the agency’s preliminary finding that there was a reasonable indication that subsidized shrimp imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam were materially injuring the domestic shrimp industry.  The Commission’s formal publication explained that, based on record evidence of the deterioration of financial performance of domestic shrimp […]

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Richard Gutting Commentary

A Trade Alert distributed to subscribers of Urner Barry Foreign Trade Data included a commentary by Richard E. Gutting Jr. addressing the current shrimp trade litigation. Mr. Gutting’s commentary, along with an IntraFish article by John Fiorillo published Thursday, raised the possibility of settlements of the shrimp countervailing duty cases. With Mr. Gutting’s permission, here is that commentary with links […]

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U.S. International Trade Commission Votes to Continue Countervailing Duty Cases

This morning, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided to continue the countervailing duty cases brought against imports of frozen warmwater shrimp from seven countries through a 5 to 1 vote.  Only Commissioner Daniel Pearson voted against continuing the cases.  The Commission’s determination this morning marks only the fifth time in twenty antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings over the last three […]

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Commerce Formally Initiates CVD Investigations; COGSI Asks International Trade Commission to Exclude Shrimpers from Domestic Shrimp Industry

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that it was formally initiating investigations of most of the subsidies on shrimp exports alleged by the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI).  Commerce found that there was insufficient evidence to initiate investigations on sixteen of the subsidy programs alleged by COGSI, but determined to look further into 117 other subsidy programs alleged […]

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Many More in the Shrimp Industry Get Involved in Countervailing Duty Case

In separate filings today, the Ad Hoc Shrimp Industry Committee (AHSIC) and the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI) informed federal agencies that several more shrimp industry businesses sought to participate in the countervailing duty investigations of shrimp imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. COGSI’s filing again restated that the northern Gulf group of processors and […]

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Industry Weighs In on Countervailing Duty Case; COGSI Claims to Represent 97.76% of All Domestic Shrimp Processing

Earlier today, the Ad Hoc Shrimp Industry Committee filed papers with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting permission to participate in the Commission’s investigation of the impact of unfairly traded imports on the domestic shrimp industry.  The Committee is comprised of 180 commercial fishing businesses, unloading/shoreside facilities, shrimp processors and wholesalers, as well as seafood industry organizations from throughout the […]

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U.S. International Trade Commission Issues Shrimp Industry Questionnaires

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued questionnaires as the first step in the agency’s preliminary investigation of whether the domestic shrimp industry is materially injured or threatened by material injury by reason of subsidized imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The questionnaires seek information from both domestic shrimp fishermen and domestic shrimp processors in […]

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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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