Latest anti-dumping tariff review a victory for Vietnamese exporters

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The Vinh Hoan Group will enjoy 0 percent anti-dumping tariff s on tra and basa fish fillets shipped to the US from August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010, while duties levied on other Vietnamese exporters will range between 1-2 percent , the US Department of Commerce announced late Wednesday, March 7, (US time).

The tariffs are part of the final results of anti-dumping administrative review proceedings on frozen fish fillets from Vietnam for the seventh period of review (POR7 August 1, 2009 through July 31, 2010).

The department turned back to Bangladesh as the primary surrogate country, which is a victory for Vietnamese exporters.

Not recognizing Vietnam as a market economy, the US uses a third nation it recognizes a market economy as the surrogate country to determine anti-dumping tariffs for Vietnam.

The DOC decision, obtained by Thanh Nien on Mar 9, Vietnam time, shows that the weighted-average dumping margins for POR7 are US$0.03 per kilogram for all the other 12 companies reviewed.

The 12 exporters are QVD, Anvifish Co., Ltd., Anvifish JSC, Acomfish, Bien Dong Seafood, Binh An, CASEAMEX, ESS LLC, East Sea Seafoods Joint Venture Co., Ltd., Hiep Thanh, South Vina, and Vinh Quang.

A DOC notice says the importers will now be required to "file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to the liquidation of the relevant entries during this POR."

American lawyer Andrew Schroth, who works with the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), has informed the association that the DOC would publish the latest anti-dumping rates within the next few days, and the tariffs would be effective on the date of publication for all future imports into the US.

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