U.S. shrimp importers discuss duties


Fiona Robinson, SeaFood Business associate publisher and editor

Published on
September 23, 2009

National Fisheries Institute members convened at the group’s annual meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday to discuss a variety of issues ranging from combating “yellow journalism” in the mainstream media to the review process for revoking antidumping duties on shrimp imports from six countries.

The latter topic was discussed by Warren Connelly from Washington, D.C., law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Connelly updated members of NFI’s Importer Committee about the International Trade Commission’s sunset review period that begins in January for shrimp subject to duties.
Connelly analyzed for members the issues, benefits, risks and costs to importers and exporters seeking revocation of antidumping orders. Akin Gump has not been retained yet to represent shrimp importers in the review process, he said.

In early 2005, the U.S. Department of Commerce enacting duties on shrimp imports from six countries — Thailand, Vietnam, India, China, Ecuador and Brazil — following an antidumping petition filed by a group representing shrimp fishermen and processors from the Carolinas to Texas.

Late last month, the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection to reconsider its enhanced bonding requirement, ruling that the measure “arbitrarily and capriciously” targeted U.S. shrimp importers. NFI filed the lawsuit in 2005 on behalf of 27 of its shrimp-importing members.

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