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Antidumping Measures Get Mixed Reception

US - The Southern Shrimp Alliance gave a mixed review to the decision of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, effective April 1, to terminate its enhanced bonding requirement on all shrimp imports.

"This is a mixed ruling for the U.S. shrimp industry," said John Williams, executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, an alliance of the U.S. warm water wild shrimp fisheries from eight states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. "CBP has removed the only effective program to collect antidumping duties from shrimp importers," Williams said. "

The SSA said that CBP had developed the enhanced bonding program for the shrimp antidumping orders in response to a well-documented and persistent failure of the CBP to collect all antidumping and countervailing duties, especially on agriculture and aquaculture products. Despite the enhanced bonding program, however, CBP reported recently that it was unable to collect 56.5 percent of the $75 million in antidumping duties that the agency assessed in fiscal 2008, the SSA said in a statement.

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