Letter from Representative Boustany to SSA re: PROTECT Act

Representative Boustany (R-LA) sent a letter to thank SSA and its membership for its important work on behalf of the industry and to announce that his bill, the PROTECT Act, was sent to President Obama for signature into law. This bill was strongly supported by SSA and gives U.S. Customs and Border Protection tools needed to enforce U.S. […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Hails House Vote on Customs Enforcement

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 256 to 158 to agree to the Conference Report resolving differences between the Senate and House versions of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  The vote moves a bill substantially improving trade enforcement measures into the final stages of becoming law, with the Senate […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Strongly Endorses H.R. 1907, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade, Pat Tiberi (R-OH), introduced H.R. 1907, the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.”  The proposed legislation includes several measures that would substantially strengthen the federal government’s ability to prevent and deter fraudulent trade, while increasing consumer confidence in the market. The Trade […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Applauds the U.S. Trade Representative’s WTO Challenge to Chinese Export Subsidies

In a press release issued today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the U.S. government is pursuing dispute settlement consultations with the Chinese government at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to address China’s “Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform.”   The USTR’s investigation into the “Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform” program indicates that […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments Supporting the Recommendations Proposed by the President’s Task Force on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

In December, the President’s Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud issued fifteen (15) recommendations “for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need.” The Task Force invited the public to provide comments regarding the proposed […]

Rep. Boustany Shepherds PROTECT Act into Ways & Means Bill, Furthers Efforts to Help Shrimpers

For Immediate Release Contact: Deborah Long, 804.360.0074 Tarpon Springs, Florida—Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced today the Customs Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2012 (H.R. 6642) to improve three vital aspects of the Customs and Border Protection mission: modernization, streamlining/facilitation, and enforcement. The Southern Shrimp Alliance commends the efforts and leadership […]


Thanks to the efforts and leadership of Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA), SSA achieved a major legislative milestone on behalf of US shrimpers in its efforts to combat illegal shrimp imports and the fraudulent circumvention of antidumping duties by importers of foreign shrimp. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman […]

Federal Agencies Step Up Efforts to Address Shrimp Import Fraud

Yesterday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce commending the agency for its increased efforts to address shrimp import fraud.Commerce issued a final determination on Tuesday denying the request of Hilltop International, a shrimp exporter conglomerate, to be excluded from the antidumping duty order on […]

SSA’s John Williams Testifies before House Subcommittee on Need to Strengthen Protections from Illegal Shrimp Trade

Today Southern Shrimp Alliance’s Executive Director John Williams presented expert testimony before Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and other Members of the Ways & Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Read SSA’s written testimony: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/John_Williams_Testimony_May_17th_Hearing.pdf The topic of the Subcommittee’s hearing was “Supporting Economic Growth and Job Creation through Customs Trade […]

SSA’s Testimony on Duty Evasion

John Williams, executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, testified before the Ways and Means committee today on evasion of antidumping duties on shrimp.  The hearing addressed the challenges of effectively and efficiently processing the volume and increasing complexity of trade in the future, CBP’s structure, policies, operations, and modernization must support its trade facilitation […]