Vietnam requests to establish panel for shrimp case with US

March 01, 2013 | 08:47
Vietnamese Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva on Feb. 27 asked for the establishment of a panel at an official meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body, aimed at resolving the shrimp case DS/429, in which the US side is the respondent.

Countries which registered to be third parties at the meeting include the European Union, China, Japan, Norway and Thailand.

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) is considering the imposition of anti-subsidy duties on certain frozen warm-water shrimp from Vietnam and six other countries after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) concluded that the US domestic shrimp production industry was suffering damage due to subsidised shrimp products imported from the seven countries including Vietnam.

Since 2004, Vietnam’s frozen shrimp has been imposed with anti-dumping duties. In case the US side concludes the shrimp is sold at a subsidised price at the US market, Vietnamese shrimp businesses will face more difficulties. The Vietnamese side also requested a review of the US side’s implementation of a verdict by the DSB over the case DS/404.

Vietnam officially requested consultations with the US concerning a number of anti-dumping measures on certain frozen warm-water shrimp from Vietnam with three key contents including zeroing, country-wide rate and sampling. The panel in the case made a verdict supporting two of the three contents.


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