Legislation Introduced into the USA House of Representatives to Prevent Fraudulent Circumvention of Shrimp Dumping Duties
On December 7, 2012, Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, introduced the “Customs Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2012” (H.R. 6642) to improve aspects of the “Preventing Recurring Trade Evasion and Circumvention Act”, referred to as the “PROTECT Act”, which combats illegal shrimp imports and the fraudulent circumvention of antidumping duties by importers of foreign shrimp. The PROTECT Act, which is expected to be a top priority of the Ways and Means Committee in the upcoming 113th Congress, would benefit thousands of small, family-owned shrimping businesses in the Gulf and South Atlantic regions as well as a vast array of industries throughout the country that face unfair competition from abroad.
Circumvention of the antidumping orders on shrimp has had a terrible impact on the USA shrimp industry said John Williams, executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, an eight-state group of shrimp fishermen and processors in the southeastern United States that brought the shrimp dumping case in 2005. The Customs and Border Protection mission estimated that the misclassification of shrimp as a product excluded from the antidumping duty orders resulted in the evasion of $132 million in antidumping duties.
Source: Email to Shrimp News International from Deborah Long (phone 1-804-360-0074, email email@example.com) at the Southern Shrimp Alliance. Subject: Rep. Boustany Shepherds PROTECT Act into Ways and Means Bill, Furthers Efforts to Help Shrimpers. December 7, 2012.