Gulf shrimpers filed petitions over shrimp imports
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Gulf of Mexico shrimpers have filed petitions with the federal government seeking relief from subsidized shrimp imports. The move came several weeks after Gulf of Mexico shrimpers hailed a House bill that included a provision to increase U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s powers to combat illegal imports.
The Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries filed the petitions on Friday, which seek “countervailing duties” – duties imposed to offset subsidies by foreign governments – on shrimp from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The coalition states that the duties are needed “to offset the unfair trade advantage currently held by these countries.”
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