Vietnam’s Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) will go to court over the latest turn of events in the US’ investigation over anti-countervailing and anti-subsidies duties
VASEP has said it will go to court to demand that the US Department of Commerce (DOC) change its decision to choose Indonesia as its benchmark country to calculate the anti-dumping rate on Vietnamese pangasius.
Lao dong newspaper quoted VASEP general secretary Truong Dinh Hoe as saying, in a March 17 interview, that the DOC’s decision is extremely unfair, which affects not only Vietnam’s seafood export to the US market but also harms US consumers as they would have to buy seafood products at much higher prices.
“VASEP is very dismayed at the DOC’s sudden replacement of the reference country and we also oppose the anti-dumping tax levels the department has imposed on frozen tra fish fillets imported from Vietnam ,” he said.
According to Hoe, the DOC is yet to publish its decision on the Federal Register so the decision will not take effect immediately. During the pending time, Vietnamese pangasius fish exporters and their lawyers will collect and analyse data for the lawsuit, which will be submitted to the US Federal court at a suitable time.
He confirmed that the association will focus on urging the DOC not to change the benchmark country in calculating anti-dumping rate on Vietnam’s pangasius products.