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VASEP protests pangasius duty

The association representing Vietamese pangasius producers is complaining about a ruling that would impose antidumping duties on U.S. pangasius exports from the country.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), the U.S. Department of Commerce made a preliminary decision on imposing antidumping duties on pangasius shipped to the United States between Aug. 1, 2008 and July 31, 2009. 

If the preliminary decision is made final, Vietnamese businesses will have to pay $4.22 (€3.33) per kilogram in antidumping duties, while the selling price of pangasius in the American market is much lower than the tax, VASEP said. 

VASEP Vice President Nguyen Huu Dung told Voice of Vietnam News the antidumping tariff is not reasonable as the Commerce Department selected the Philippines — a country with few fish breeding areas — to compare with Vietnam.

Meanwhile, aquaculture in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region has developed very strongly thanks to huge investment in breeding and processing procedures and low input costs, he said. 

VASEP says it’s coordinating with relevant agencies and businesses to ask the department to reconsider its antidumping duties, which in the past have been between zero percetn and 0.52 percent on Vietnamese pangasius. 

Pangasius is now one of the top 10 most-consumed seafoods in the United States, but remains under attack from U.S. domestic catfish producers who see it as a threat to their businesses

Source: Intrafish

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