Federal Trade Commission Adopts Final “Made in the U.S.A.” Rule

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) voted to adopt a final “Made in the U.S.A.” rule that will provide the agency with greater enforcement tools to address the sale of imported goods by fraudulent claims that they were domestically produced. With the rule, the FTC will have the ability to pursue damages and penalties against companies that falsely claim to be […]

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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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State Department Suspends Mexico’s Section 609 Shrimp Certification

In a Federal Register notice published Friday, the U.S. Department of State announced that it was suspending the certification made, pursuant to Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, of the commercial shrimp fishery in Mexico. In its announcement, the State Department explained that the agency suspended Mexico’s certification because “its sea turtle protection program is no longer comparable to that of […]

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ITC Report Details Significant Impact of IUU Fishing on U.S. Shrimp Market

Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released an exhaustive report of the agency’s findings following an investigation of Seafood Obtained via Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: U.S. Imports and Economic Impact on U.S. Commercial Fisheries requested by the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. In its report, the ITC found that seafood harvested through […]

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Commerce Issues Final Results of 14th Administrative Review of Indian Shrimp Antidumping Duty Order

The Final Results of the fourteenth administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India was published in the Federal Register today. In the Final Results, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its determination that the Indian shrimp exporter ZA Sea Foods Private Limited was subject to a 3.06 percent antidumping duty cash deposit rate for […]

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Shrimp Industry Comes Out in Strong Support of the Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Made in the U.S.A. Regulations

In July, the Federal Register published notice of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) intent to promulgate new regulations related to “Made in the USA” and other unqualified U.S.-origin claims on product labels. Although the FTC has been enforcing its regulatory authority over the marketing of products as “Made in the USA” since 1940, the agency has not previously formally developed rules […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Advises Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force that It Must Address Imports

In written comments submitted on Tuesday to the Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force, the Southern Shrimp Alliance emphasized the need for any comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy to address seafood imports into the United States. NOAA Fisheries reports that the United States ran a $16.8 billion trade deficit in edible seafood in 2018.  This trade deficit in seafood has grown […]

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2019 Saw Recovery in the South Atlantic Shrimp Industry, Decline in the Gulf

Data for commercial landings in the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic for calendar year 2019 have now been made available by the Gulf State Fisheries Information Network of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program. These data show that the volume and value of warmwater shrimp landed in 2019 fell significantly from […]

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Monthly Reporting of Shrimp Landings Data of Particular Importance Now, Southern Shrimp Alliance Tells NOAA Fisheries

In a letter sent Thursday to the Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, Chris Oliver, the Southern Shrimp Alliance emphasized the importance of the agency’s monthly reporting of shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico to the U.S. shrimp industry. Noting that families and communities across the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic are anxious about the ability of the commercial […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Opposes Proposals to Grant Importers Deferrals of Duty Payment Obligations

The Southern Shrimp Alliance notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the U.S. shrimp industry’s objection to requests from importers for the deferral of payment of estimated antidumping and countervailing duties for a significant time period. Last week, CBP issued a notice to importers informing them that “due to the severity of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), [CBP] will approve on […]

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