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Cross-Section of U.S. Industries Pleased with

Commerce Department’s Ruling on Chilean Salmon

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Mark Spatz/Salmon Trade Alliance (888) 782-2559                   

January 9, 1998 -- U.S. businesses that rely on fresh Atlantic salmon from Chile are pleased today after hearing the Department of Commerce announced that, based on its preliminary investigation, low provisional antidumping duties will be placed on some, but not all, companies’ exports of fresh Atlantic salmon from Chile.

The DOC found de minimis, or less than 2 percent, dumping margins for three of Chile’s largest Atlantic salmon producers, Marine Harvest, Mares Australes, and Camanchaca. No duties will be required on imports from these companies. The other two companies investigated, Aguas Claras and Eicosal, had dumping margins of 3.31 and 8.27 percent respectively. The DOC set an "all others" rate of 5.79 percent.

The DOC’s preliminary ruling, while not ideal, is good news for U.S. businesses that import, transport, and sell Chilean salmon. It’s also good news for consumers who enjoy the convenience of Chile’s fresh, boneless salmon fillets.

Wally Stevens, Chief Operating Officer of Slade Gorton & Co., Inc., said the Chilean salmon farmers have earned their success. "This is a well-deserved victory for the U.S. consumer and the seafood industry. The Chilean salmon farming industry deserves kudos for developing the U.S. market by investing more than a million dollars in generic salmon marketing. They’ve propelled salmon consumption to new heights in the U.S. and I hope this victory will allow them to continue their efforts in the future."

"Salmon consumption in general has almost doubled since 1990, and consumers have been looking for salmon fillets in the grocery store," said George Green, Vice President and General Counsel for the Food Marketing Institute. "Thanks to salmon from Chile, consumers are finally able to get a high-quality, convenient, nutritious seafood product on a reliable basis," he said. "The DOC’s ruling is a victory for American consumers who will continue to find fresh, boneless salmon fillets at their seafood counters."

Elaine Graham, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Membership for the National Restaurant Association, said the ruling means salmon will still be found on the menu in U.S. restaurant chains and many small and mid-scale restaurants. "Higher duties would have made it extremely hard to keep salmon on our members’ regular menus. The fresh Chilean salmon industry has served our members well, being nearly the sole provider of boneless salmon fillets. These products are much more convenient for restaurants to prepare, are available year-round, and are a reliable, quality menu item."

Attention editors: The following U.S. salmon industry members are available to field calls on the DOC’s decision:

  • David Solomon, Aquafarms International, Miami, FL, (305) 624-9773
  • James Craig, Marine Harvest International, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, (954) 564-7066
  • Clair Parker, Aqua Star, Inc., Seattle, WA, (206) 448-5400
  • Wally Stevens, Slade Gorton & Co., Inc., Boston, MA, (617) 442-5800

The Salmon Trade Alliance is an ad-hoc group of associations and businesses concerned about continued free trade of salmon.

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