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Shrimp Trade Dispute: Chronology

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS21776

Topic: Agriculture, forestry and fishing (Fish industry)


In 2003, elements of the U.S. shrimp industry became increasingly concerned by what they believed to be unfair pricing practices for warm-water shrimp exported by six countries: Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. An ad hoc committee of shrimp boat owners and shrimp processors filed antidumping petitions in late 2003. This action is opposed by U.S. seafood distributors, retailers, restaurateurs, and others involved in shrimp processing and marketing, as well as by the targeted exporting countries. Final determinations of antidumping duty investigations were announced by the Department of Commerce, and antidumping orders were issued in late January 2005. This report will be updated as the issue evolves.