Seafood Groups Weigh in On USTR’s Forced Labor Strategy

In July, a Federal Register Notice was published by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) inviting comments from the public regarding the USTR’s efforts to coordinate the federal government’s development of a focused trade strategy to combat forced labor in foreign supply chains. Comments were due on Friday, August 5th and the USTR […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Tells U.S. International Trade Commission that IUU Seafood Harms U.S. Commercial Fishing Industries

On December 19, 2019, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives requested that the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) conduct an investigation of the potential economic effects on U.S. fishermen of competition with illegal, unreported, and unregulated (“IUU”) seafood imports. In response, the ITC initiated a factfinding investigation, Investigation No. 332-575, […]

Revoke Erroneous Country-of-Origin Ruling for Cooked Shrimp

In response to a request for comments issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Southern Shrimp Alliance formally submitted extensive written comments in support of the agency’s proposal to modify and revoke a ruling letter issued in January 2017 regarding the country-of-origin of certain cooked shrimp imported into the United States. On January […]

National Ocean Council Committee Designates Shrimp as an “At-Risk” Species

On Friday, the Federal Register published Notice of the National Ocean Council (NOC) Committee’s finalized principles for determining seafood species at risk of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and seafood fraud, as well as a list of “at-risk” species developed using these principles. Both the list of principles and the list of species are […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Requests that National Ocean Council Committee Designate Shrimp an “At Risk” Species

Yesterday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted formal comments to the National Ocean Council (NOC) Committee regarding “principles” to be used in determining which seafood species are “at risk” for Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and seafood fraud.  In those comments, the Southern Shrimp Alliance observed that the “possible principles” identified in the request for […]

Why Does Congress Listen to SSA

Two weeks ago, I was honored to testify to Congress on behalf of the shrimp industry on trade fraud with shrimp imports.  I was even more honored to speak in support of strong legislation proposed by Congressmen Boustany and Richmond to address import fraud.  Later that evening, ABC News ran a national segment on the […]

Japanese and Canadian Governments: Vietnamese Farmed Seafood Imports Unsafe

The Southern Shrimp Alliance today released the results of the organization’s review of the actions taken by the governments of Japan and Canada to address the continued presence of harmful drug residues in Vietnamese seafood exports. In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Southern Shrimp Alliance reported that Vietnamese shrimp […]

Customs Cracks Down on Illegally Labeled Chinese Shrimp Imports

SSA Grateful for Strong Enforcement of Trade and Food Safety Laws Tarpon Springs, FL-The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) applauds the significant efforts undertaken by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to prevent evasion of U.S. trade and food safety laws by Chinese shrimp producers.  At the port of Los Angeles, CBP officials have stopped over […]