Alabama
10:39 am
Thu May 20, 2004

Decision Delayed on Shrimp Tariff

Mobile, AL – The U-S Commerce Department will delay a decision on whether to impose penalty tariffs on imported shrimp. The department won't consider the issue until July. Alabama's shrimpers have joined others in the industry in asking the government to impose anti-dumping charges on foreign shrimp. They say duties ranging from 30 percent to more than 300 percent are necessary to protect the domestic shrimp industry. Shrimpers say foreign competitors are unfairly selling shrimp at below-market prices. But the Commerce Department is trying to determine if that claim is true. The Southern Shrimp Alliance wants the tariffs. Eight states, including Alabama, participate in the group. But seafood companies and importers oppose the plan, saying consumers and seafood workers will lose if the tariffs are approved.