Three training courses on antidumping (EU/US) have been successfully delivered in the north, centre and south of Vietnam during the summer of 2010. The key players in Vietnam were assisted to understand anti-dumping regulation and develop an effective strategy to avoid or mitigate the effects of anti-dumping actions.
The training courses were conducted under the Embassy’s Fisheries Sector Programme Support, phase 2 (FSPSII), and have contributed to training national and local government technical officers mainly in aquaculture and fisheries, representatives of government institutions, academics, and industry representatives.
Vietnam’s seafood industry suffered from anti-dumping lawsuits brought by producers in the US against imports of catfish (2002/3) and shrimp (2003/4). The resulting duties were substantial, ranging from 37% to 64% for catfish and 4% to 26% for shrimp.
In times of recession some countries tend to protect domestic industries from foreign competition. As Vietnam seafood exports continue to penetrate the US and EU markets, there is a potential for more cases in the future.
The training was aimed at increasing the capacity of key players in the seafood production and trade business in Vietnam to understand and respond to the challenge of anti-dumping cases brought by producers and others in the USA and Europe, and thereby to ensure a more stable and sustainable future for the seafood industry.
The participants have completed the course with a broad understanding of the nature and importance of anti-dumping legislation. They have gained greater knowledge, skills and capacity to understand and respond to anti-dumping and dumping threats, i.e. a thorough grasp of how to avoid and how to cope/respond to anti-dumping lawsuits.