Funding protects Louisiana fishermen from illegal dumping
Louisiana is home to more than 1,800 crawfish farmers and fishermen who harvest over 110 million pounds of crawfish each year, contributing nearly $120 million in economic impact for Louisiana’s economy. Louisiana’s shrimp industry supports over 14,000 jobs and contributes $1.3 billion to Louisiana’s economy. In 2011, shrimpers landed over 92 million pounds of shrimp, more than any other state in the union.
With that said, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., who serves as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, recently announced that she has directed $3 million to be used to collect anti-dumping duties from countries that illegally dump shrimp, crawfish and other seafood into U.S. markets.
The funding is part of the bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for FY15 and also requires Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to work with the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Treasury to increase collection of anti-dumping and countervailing duties for unfairly traded imports, including shrimp and crawfish meat from China.
According to Landrieu, foreign governments continue to unfairly spend hundreds of millions of dollars to dump underpriced shrimp into the United States and put local shrimpers, crawfishermen and seafood producers at an unfair disadvantage. She believes this funding will beef up efforts to punish those who cheat the market and Louisiana seafood producers.
The senator vowed to continue using this committee to “protect these jobs, a time-honored way of life, and the thousands of shrimpers who call the Gulf Coast home.”
Landrieu said that making sure shrimp in the U.S. market is fairly traded is essential to the domestic shrimp industry. Unfortunately, many foreign producers and importers continue to cheat the law to bring cheap product into this market.
John Williams, Executive Director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, said the senator’s support for greater enforcement and resources is greatly appreciated.
Sen. Landrieu successfully led the effort in 2011 for the International Trade Commission (ITC) to extend the antidumping tariffs on imported shrimp from Thailand, China, Vietnam, India and Brazil.
The tariffs will continue on the import through 2016.
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