DOC Adjusts Tariffs for Four Vietnamese Pangasius Exporters


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
August 19, 2008

In Friday's Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Commerce admitted that it miscalculated antidumping duty rates for three Vietnamese pangasius exporters and subsequently removed the tariffs, while a fourth company had its rate reinstated.

The three companies whose tariffs were removed are East Sea Seafoods Joint Venture Co. Ltd., QVD Food Co. and Anvifish Co. Ltd.

Previously, Anvifish had 31.68 percent rate, and QVD Food had a 14.59 percent rate. But the companies provided the DOC with data that proved the calculations were incorrect.

East Sea Seafoods had already been found innocent of dumping pangasius in the U.S. market, so, despite the miscalculation, its 0 percent rate did not change.

Additionally, Can Tho Agricultural and Animal Products Import Export Co. (CATACO) had its rate reinstated to 80.88 percent. Previously, the DOC gave the company the countrywide rate of 63.88 but discovered that it miscalculated the rate and changed it back.

The tariffs stem from an antidumping petition the Catfish Farmers of America filed against Vietnamese basa and tra exporters in 2002.

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