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Ecuador and Indonesia face hefty US anti-dumping duties

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Shrimp exporters in Ecuador and Indonesia appear likely to be hit with punitive new tariffs in the US following two investigations into breaches of anti-dumping regulations.

Aerial view of shrimp ponds.
One of Santa Priscila's shrimp farms in Ecuador

The company is one of Ecuador's largest shrimp exporters

The two countries are the second and third largest sources of shrimp imports into the US, topped only by India.

Preliminary results of an investigation into shrimp imports by the US Department of Commerce (DOC) suggest that exporters from both countries have sold shrimp at below their fair market value – leading to the DOC suggesting the imposition of duties of 10.58 percent for Ecuadorian shrimp and 6.3 percent for Indonesian ones. However, these levels will vary, depending on the activities of each of the companies involved.

The investigation was sparked by a petition from the American Shrimp Processors Association, which claimed that its members were being damaged by shrimp imports from a number of tropical countries. The petition sparked two separate investigations by the DOC – one into anti-dumping relating to Ecuador and Indonesia and the other into whether the shrimp sectors in Ecuador, Indonesia, India Vietnam and were being propped up by government support.

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