ITC Renews Chinese Crawfish Tariffs
The U.S. International Trade Commission announced in the Federal Register on Monday that it's renewing antidumping tariffs on Chinese crawfish tail meat for another five years.
The ITC ruled that revoking the tariffs, enacted in 1997 when the Crawfish Processors Alliance won its antidumping case against Chinese crawfish exporters, would "likely lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury" to Louisiana's crawfish industry.
The ITC initiated the review, which occurs every five years, on July 1 and relayed its determination to the Commerce Secretary on Nov. 25.
Domestic production represents only a fraction of the U.S. crawfish supply. Despite the tariffs, U.S. crawfish imports increased 2.8 percent from 2006 to 2007, to 14.6 million pounds, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. China accounts for the vast majority of total U.S. crawfish imports.