Pangasius exporters to seek a lawsuite to CIT against the DOC’s final decision of POR8.

In March 20th, 2013, representatives from 16 pangasius companies subjected to the antidumping duty on frozen pangasius fillets gathered and reached an agreement to sue the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) over the Court of International Trade (CIT), according to Truong Dinh Hoe, General Secretary of Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). VASEP are studying all options to file the lawsuit. The Association focuses on the DOC’s unfair decision in selecting Indonesia instead of Bangladesh to be surrogate country to value inputs of Vietnam raw pangasius used in processing. VASEP requires the DOC to reconsider its new antidumping duty, which is at unreasonably high level, because it will hurt Vietnamese pangasius companies and the fish industry as well. In the final results, the DOC based its valuation of whole live fish prices – the primary input in the fish fillet case – on one Indonesian government pricing study which was not based on actual prices, but on calculated national averages from a handful of districts. So it is also reviewing calculations before the official announcement in Federal Register.

Source: Vasep

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