Convictions Handed Down in Seafood Mislabeling Case; Investigation Uncovered Massive Fraud in Shrimp Trade

On Monday, Chau-Shing (“Duke”) Lin and Christopher Scott Ragone were sentenced for their role in a seafood mislabeling scheme involving pangasius falsely imported and marketed as other fish species.  Mr. Lin received a sentence of three years probation, one hundred hours of community service, and a fine of $60,000.  Mr. Ragone received three years probation with an order for one […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Paper for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Details Widespread Fraud in Evasion of Antidumping Duties

In comments filed today with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Southern Shrimp Alliance detailed the extensive fraud uncovered by CBP in enforcement operations relating to evasion of antidumping duties on shrimp and other imports.  The comments, submitted for the record in advance of a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC), […]

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Newsletter: Board Meeting; Electronic Logbooks; Chinese Duty Evasion

SSA’s Fall Board Meeting In Tampa, Florida SSA will hold its 2011 Fall Board Meeting on Thursday and Friday, November 3rd & 4th in Tampa, Florida. Presentations will be given by a number of invited guests from several organizations and agencies including the National Marine Fisheries Service and The Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation. The Meeting will begin Thursday […]

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SSA Describes Rampant Customs Fraud and Duty Evasion Relating to Shrimp Imports in Statement to U.S. Senate

On May 19, 2011, the Southern Shrimp Alliance filed a written statement with the U.S. Senate focusing on the problem of illegal circumvention of shrimp antidumping duties.  The statement contributes the experiences and recommendations of the U.S. shrimp industry to a May 5th hearing, “Enforcing America’s Trade Laws in the Face of Customs Fraud and Duty Evasion,” before the U.S. […]

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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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