Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) recently found the domestic shrimp industry has in fact been harmed by subsidized imports of shrimp from many of our nation's foreign trade partners:
"The International Trade Commission acknowledged what domestic shrimpers in South Louisiana have known for a long time: the deck continues to be stacked against our local shrimp industry. Trade partners of the United States are actively engaging in unfair trade practices against South Louisiana shrimpers by illegally subsidizing foreign competitors. As our nation's businesses continue to face many economic challenges, we in Congress must support policies protecting our industries from unfair trade practices while encouraging them to expand, hire more workers, and compete globally.
"I introduced the Preventing Recurring Trade Evasion and Circumvention (PROTECT) Act in order to support South Louisiana's industries as they combat these harmful practices. By fighting evasion of U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties, the bill benefits thousands of small, family-owned businesses throughout the country. We have a responsibility to protect American businesses and workers against unfair trade practices distorting the market and promoting anti-competitive behavior. I will continue to support our local producers in order to level the playing field and promote the Gulf Coast's shrimp to the rest of the world."