Jan 07 2005

SHELBY APPLAUDS INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION DETERMINATIONS ON IMPORTED SHRIMP

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today applauded the determination of the International Trade Commission that shrimp producers and exporters from Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand and Vietnam sold frozen warmwater shrimp illegally in the United States at less than fair market value.

This determination affirms similar findings made by the U.S. Department of Commerce in December and bolsters statements by the Southern Shrimp Alliance and others that the shrimping industry in Alabama and other southern states have suffered because of these illegal foreign imports.

In late 2003, Senator Shelby wrote to Commerce Secretary Don Evans asking the Department to conduct an investigation regarding the activities of foreign shrimp producers and exporters. The letter stated, in part, "According to my constituents, unprecedented surges in imported shrimp have caused domestic shrimp prices to plummet to record lows. Such prices have made it difficult, if not impossible, for shrimpers to support themselves and their families. For this reason, I believe it is important that the Department of Commerce move quickly to examine the allegations of illegal dumping and, if sufficient evidence of dumping is found, to grant all appropriate relief."

As a result of the International Trade Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will now issue an antidumping duty order on imports of frozen warmwater shrimp from Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand and Vietnam.

Senator Shelby stated, "I am pleased that the International Trade Commission has made these determinations so that we can move to address the adverse impact illegal imports have had on our domestic shrimp industry. I am hopeful that the resulting duties will bring much needed relief to our domestic shrimpers in Alabama and communities located along the Gulf Coast."