Shrimp firms win case in US court

CHINA - Nine Chinese shrimp enterprises have won their year-long campaign against a ruling by the US Department of Commerce. </b> <br><br>The US Court of International Trade ruled on Wednesday that the department had used unfair surrogate prices in its dumping ruling on imports of Chinese shrimps. <br><br> So said Zhang Zhibiao, secretary-general with the China Chamber of Commerce for the Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products. <br><br> Zhang said the case had &quot;set a good example for Chinese enterprises to fight for their own benefits through justice channels.&quot; <br><br> &quot;It has also strengthened the confidence of domestic enterprises in fighting claims of dumping,&quot; he said. <br><br> In January 2005, the US commerce department said it would collect punitive duties of up to 112.8 per cent on Chinese shrimps. <br><br> As China is not regarded as a full market economy by the United States, the department used the prices of an Indian shrimp grower instead. <br><br> <i>Source: China Daily</i>

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