Countervailing duty orders on warm water shrimp from China, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, and Vietnam have now been lifted after the US Trade Commission found the imports are of no threat to the US industry.
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that the US shrimp industry is not hurt, nor threatened, by imports of frozen warm water shrimp from China, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, and Vietnam, which the US Department of Commerce had determined as being subsidised.
In a 4-2 vote, commissioners Daniel R. Pearson, Dean A. Pinkert, David S. Johanson, and Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the negative, whilst Chairman Irving A. Williamson and Commissioner Shara L. Aranoff voted in the affirmative.
The Department of Commerce originally set the duties after a petition by the US Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI), on the December 28, 2012, alleged that the countries had subsidised industries, which created an unfair advantage in competition over the US’s domestic shrimp industry.
The COGSI expressed disappointment over the USITC’s decision. Executive director David Veal stated: “I applaud the members of COGSI for leading the charge to restore fair trade in the shrimp industry. We filed these petitions because large volumes of subsidised shrimp imports are hammering our industry.
“The improved pricing we have seen in the market since the imposition of provisional duties on these imports in the spring of this year confirms how important relief from these subsidised imports is to the domestic industry. While the Commission did not vote in our favour today, we are not throwing in the towel on this vital issue,” he added.
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), stated that the USITC’s findings confirm that Vietnamese shrimp exporters have been operating under market mechanism and have not received any government subsidies.
The Commission’s public report Frozen Warm water Shrimp from China, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, and Vietnam will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations and will be available on October 22.