US maintains antidumping duties on shrimp from India, China, Thailand, Vietnam

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has decided to maintain antidumping duties on shrimp from India, China, Thailand, and Vietnam in its latest five-year review, according to a 1 June notification.

All five USITC commissioners voted to support the continuation of the antidumping orders.

“The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty orders on frozen warmwater shrimp from China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time,” the commission said. “As a result of the commission’s affirmative determinations, the existing orders on imports of this product from China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam will remain in place.”

The commission’s conclusion marks the closure of the third five-year review – or sunset review, as it is called by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) – with such reviews being conducted since the U.S. began imposing antidumping duties in 2005. The fourth sunset review on antidumping duty orders is expected in June 2028.

The DOC announced the initiation of the third sunset review on 2 May, 2022, after which the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee (AHSTAC) and the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) submitted documentation to make them eligible to participate in the review.

In 2005, AHSTAC filed formal petitions requesting antidumping duties be imposed on foreign shrimp suppliers in order to protect the U.S. domestic shrimp industry from what it claimed were unfair trade practices.

After an expedited review of the filings it received, the DOC determined “that revocation of the orders would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of dumping and that the magnitude of the dumping margins likely to prevail would be weighted-average margins up to 112.81 percent for China, up to 110.90 percent for India, up to 5.34 percent for Thailand, and up to 25.76 percent for Vietnam,” according to a DOC notice published on the Federal Register in September 2022.

ASPA, which has spent 15 years defending the antidumping orders to protect the domestic shrimp industry, commended the USITC’s conclusion, saying the antidumping duties are …

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