Senator Cassidy Demands Protections for Whistleblower and Investigation of Claims

In a letter sent yesterday to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) demanded that Joshua Farinella, the whistleblower who came forward with claims regarding the business operations of Choice Canning Company, Inc., be guaranteed full whistleblower protections. Senator Cassidy also “urgently” […]

December 2023 Newsletter

Trade Investigations Initiated on Shrimp from Ecuador, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam On November 14th, the U.S. Department of Commerce formally started investigations into unfair trade practices related to shrimp imports from Ecuador, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. This comes in response to petitions by the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) seeking antidumping and countervailing duties on […]

November 2023 Newsletter

SSA Alleges Violations of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) SSA filed an e-Allegation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection claiming that Argentine Red Shrimp was being shipped to China for processing in plants operating in the Shandong province, where members of the Uyghur minority have been forced to work, before being exported to […]

October 2023 Newsletter

SSA Urges Commerce to Initiate Trade Action Against Unfair Shrimp Imports On September 12th, SSA’s directors met with Department of Commerce officials to request that the agency self-initiate antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of unfairly traded shrimp. The vast majority of shrimp imports come from countries that Commerce previously found to engage in unfair trade. […]

U.S. International Trade Commission Unanimously Determines to Maintain Antidumping Duties on Shrimp Imports

This morning, all five Commissioners on the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “Commission”) announced their unanimous determination that the revocation of the existing antidumping duty orders on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam would be likely to lead to the continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable […]

Federal Agency Officials Host Meeting in New Orleans with Domestic Shrimp Industry on Shrimp Trade Regulatory and Enforcement Issues

As reported in a tweet from the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center, officials from the Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with staff from Senator Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) office, met with […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Supports Louisiana Labeling Legislation

Since its founding nearly 2 decades again, the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s (SSA) top priority has been fighting at the federal level against all forms of illegal shrimp imports. This includes especially shrimp imports contaminated with dangerous antibiotics that pose a dual threat to human health. On the one hand, some antibiotics used on foreign shrimp farms […]

SSA Submits Comments to CBP Encouraging Increased Enforcement Measures

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a “21st Century Customs Framework” initiative, intended to give the public an opportunity to comment on the direction and future priorities of the agency.  At a public hearing held regarding the initiative in Washington, DC on March 1, 2019, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) emphasized the importance of the […]

Senate Votes 87-11 to Increase Funding for FDA Inspections of Foreign Seafood Facilities and Imported Seafood

Last night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of an amendment to the “Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019” (H.R. 6147) offered by Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) and co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) that significantly increased funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inspections of imported […]