The United States, the largest market for Indian shrimp exporters, has notified a reduction in anti-dumping duty on the perishable items in its federal register.
The duty on frozen warm water shrimp from India
is fixed at 0.84 per cent. The period of review
(POR) is February 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016.
On March 6, 2017, the Department of Commerce published the preliminary results of the administrative review
of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warm water shrimps from India.
The US had pegged its preliminary anti-dumping duty on the perishable item at an average rate of 1.07 per cent.
While the new rate for Falcon Marine, the largest seafood exporter in the country, has been set at zero per cent, for Liberty Group
it is 0.84 per cent. Both Falcon Marine
and Liberty Group
were mandatory respondents to the review.
The new rates of 0.84 per cent will be applicable for 231 exporters from India.
The reduction in the rates has come as a relief when the Indian seafood sector was gripped by uncertainties.
The American Shrimp Processors Association has named India, along with Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, China, and Malaysia, as seven of the 13 countries with which the US ran a significant shrimp trade deficit in 2016.
The US imported 188,617 tonnes of Indian seafood in 2016-17. Export
to the US registered growth rates of 22.72 per cent, 33 per cent, and 29.82 per cent in terms of quantity, rupee value, and dollar value, respectively.
"The duty rate is changing from year to year. The lower rate essentially means there is no dumping in the US and the reduction in the duty helps in boosting the trade", said a trade source.