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Thai-US shrimp bout continues

THAILAND - Thailand, one of the world&#39;s largest shrimp exporters, has failed to persuade the United States to scrap a bond requirement that has impeded Thai shrimp exports. </b> <br><br> The two countries failed to make any headway during a consultation session in Geneva early this month, according to the Thai Foreign Trade Department. <br><br> The consultation was the initial stage after the Commerce Ministry filed a case against the US with the World Trade Organisation in March. <br><br> Thailand has accused Washington of penalising Thai shrimp exports twice, through a continuous bond requirement and anti-dumping duties at the same time. <br><br> &#39;&#39;Thailand is still waiting for a proper response from the US. And if there is no response, we will join India against the US in the dispute settlement panel (under the WTO),&#39;&#39; said Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, the department&#39;s deputy director-general. <br><br> Mrs Nuntawan said the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) appeared willing to drop the bond requirement but the US Customs Department disagreed. <br><br> <i>Source: Bangkok Post</i>

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