May 26, 2004



Seafood Firms Rally Against US Dumping Shrimp Lawsuit


Seafood exporters and shrimp farmers will have the opportunity to air their protests against the US shrimp dumping lawsuit on Vietnam and other countries at a meeting to be held in HCM City on Wednesday.


The meeting, organised by the Vietnam Fisheries Association and ActionAid, a UK-based NGO, will provide them a chance to share experiences in the wake of such actions.


ActionAid surveyed the shrimp industry in the Mekong Delta in March, to document the effects of the suit on farmers in Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Phu Yen and Can Gio. It also hoped to gather evidence to show that Vietnam did not dump shrimp on the US market.


The Southern Shrimp Alliance in the US complained last December of price-dumping, trade speak for selling below cost - by Asian and South American exporters - and demanded punitive tariffs against them, triggering an investigation by the US Department of Commerce (DOC).


The DOC is expected to deliver its preliminary determination by this July 6 for China and Vietnam, and by July 29 for Brazil, Ecuador, India and Thailand.