Sen. Landrieu Applauds Shrimp Findings by Department of Commerce
Urges International Trade Commission to follow suit.
WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) today praised the Department of Commerce's findings that China and Vietnam violated U.S. trade laws by dumping shrimp on the U.S. market.
"This decision by the Department of Commerce is an important step toward fairness and relief for Louisiana's shrimpers," Sen. Landrieu said. "In the last four years, these hardworking Americans have been hurt time and again by the underhanded trading practices of China, Vietnam and others.
"I applaud the Department of Commerce for taking steps to right this injustice, and will continue working with my colleagues to ensure a fair playing field for our shrimpers."
Sen. Landrieu also joined Senator John Breaux (D-La.) in a joint letter to the International Trade Commission today. The
senators described the shrimp industry's vital role in Louisiana's economy and culture, and urged the commission to help protect America shrimpers from unfair trading practices.
"Shrimping is not only an economic venture, it is a way of life in countless south Louisiana communities and a cornerstone of Cajun culture," Sens. Breaux and Landrieu wrote.
"The livelihood of the domestic industry and the unique culture of our state now depends on the vigorous enforcement of our trade laws."