US fish market. (Photo: Stock File)
Further protection for Louisiana shrimpers and crawfishermen
Friday, June 27, 2014, 03:40 (GMT + 9)
A USD 3 million fund will be granted to collect anti-dumping duties from countries that illegally dump shrimp, crawfish and other seafood into US markets. This was announced by the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senator Mary L. Landrieu.
The senator explained this sum is part of the bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for FY15 and also requires Customs and Border Protection to work with the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Treasury to increase collection of anti-dumping and countervailing duties for unfairly traded imports, including shrimp and crawfish meat from China.
“Foreign governments continue to unfairly spend hundreds of millions of dollars to dump underpriced shrimp into the United States and put our shrimpers, crawfishermen and seafood producers at an unfair disadvantage. This funding will beef up our efforts to punish those who cheat the market and our seafood producers," pointed out Landrieu.
And the senator added: "I will continue to use this committee to protect these jobs, a time-honored way of life, and the thousands of shrimpers who call the Gulf Coast home.”
Landrieu has long-fought to protect and support Louisiana’s seafood industry and has been successful in having the Food and Drug Administration update guidance that advises pregnant women to eat two to three servings per week of a variety of fish.
The senator successfully led the effort in 2011 for the International Trade Commission to extend the antidumping tariffs on imported shrimp from Thailand, China, Vietnam, India and Brazil. The tariffs will continue on the import through 2016.
For his part Executive Director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) John Williams stated that making sure that shrimp in the US market is fairly traded is essential to the domestic shrimp industry. he considers that Senator Landrieu’s leadership in obtaining and maintaining trade remedies on dumped shrimp has played a vital role in the resurgence of our industry.
“Unfortunately, many foreign producers and importers continue to cheat the law to bring cheap product into this market and the Senator’s support for greater enforcement and resources, including funding for the federal agencies responsible for policing circumvention, is greatly appreciated, Williams said.
Louisiana is home to more than 1,800 crawfish farmers and fishermen who harvest over 110 million pounds of crawfish each year contributing nearly USD 120 million in economic impact for Louisiana’s economy.
The state’s shrimp industry supports over 14,000 jobs and contributes USD 1.3 billion to Louisiana’s economy.