USDA Issues Bid Invitation for Purchases of Wild-Caught Warmwater Shrimp

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a bid invitation – solicitation number 2000008967 – inviting offers to sell shrimp products to the agency. The USDA’s solicitation seeks bids to supply up to 207,000 cases of domestic, frozen peeled and deveined shrimp of varying sizes. Offers to supply the products solicited are due to the USDA no later than December […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Applauds Announcement of $25 Million in Additional USDA Section 32 Purchases of Shrimp

Today, Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be purchasing up to $25 million in wild-caught shrimp from the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. When completed, this will mark the third straight year in which the USDA has made significant purchases of domestic shrimp.  This determination to buy domestic shrimp comes in response to […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Sends Letter to President in Support of Reps. Graves’ and Carl’s Request to USDA for Additional Section 32 Purchases of Shrimp

On June 17, 2022, Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA) and Jerry L. Carl (R-AL) sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture continue to purchase wild-caught shrimp pursuant to the agency’s “Section 32” procurement program in fiscal year 2022. Reps. Graves and Carl observed that the USDA purchased over 9 million pounds of […]

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New Shrimp Tariff Codes Take Effect this Week

Yesterday, information regarding new statistical breakouts in Chapter 3 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) covering shrimp imports was released by the U.S. International Trade Commission. Beginning Thursday, July 1, 2021, frozen, uncooked shell-on warmwater shrimp and frozen, uncooked peeled warmwater shrimp will be imported into the United States under new tariff codes that distinguish between farmed […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments Regarding Secure Food Supply Chains to U.S. Department of Agriculture

On Friday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding how stimulus relief programs and spending related to food supply chain resilience can help to increase the durability and resilience of U.S. seafood supply. The USDA’s request for comments was an outgrowth of an Executive Order issued in February (Executive Order 14017) regarding America’s Supply […]

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Beginning in July, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Will Require Reporting of Imports of Wild-Caught Shrimp Separate from Farm-Raised Shrimp

On Thursday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance was informed by the federal interagency Section 484(f) Committee that the organization’s request for revisions to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) of the ten-digit codes applicable to the importation of frozen, raw warmwater shrimp had been approved. The announcement was in response to the formal request of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Supports FTC’s Made in the USA Regulations, Asks Agency to Address Misleading Menu Labeling

In comments filed today with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), the Southern Shrimp Alliance expressed support for the agency’s proposed “Made in the U.S.A.” regulations. The proposed regulations further formalize the FTC’s existing rules regarding when direct or implied “Made in the U.S.A.” claims may be presented to consumers. The Southern Shrimp Alliance comments explained that the country-of-origin labeling rules administered […]

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CBP FORMALLY REVOKES ERRONEOUS COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN RULING ON COOKED SHRIMP AND ISSUES REMINDER REGARDING MARKING REQUIREMENTS

 In July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) formally modified and corrected a January 2017 ruling letter (NY N281670) erroneously holding that Indian shrimp exported to Guatemala for cooking and peeling had been substantially transformed through its processing in Guatemala such that the appropriate country-of-origin of the cooked shrimp for marking purposes in the United States was Guatemala. In written […]

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