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August 12, 2013

United States

Final Hearing on Subsidy Duties Tomorrow, August 13, 2013


The USA International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold its last public hearing this week before making its official decision on whether to levy countervailing duties—subsidy duties—against seven countries that export shrimp to America.


Among those expected to testify will be the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI). The group initially petitioned for the duties last year, arguing that seven nations—China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam—are unfairly stacking the deck against domestic shrimp producers.  The governments of those countries, COGSI charges, are subsidizing their shrimp industries, which allows the exporters to undercut the local producers in the USA


COGSI and its supporters are hoping the ITC will level countervailing duties against imported shrimp from those countries.  The ITC has already made a preliminary ruling on the matter, but is expected to make its final decision Thursday, September 19, 2013.


Background information on the subsidy case.


Source:  Editor, Sean Murphy (  Final Hearing on Us Shrimp Anti-Dumping Duties [These are duties on subsidies, not dumping].  August 12, 2013.


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