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Wicker wants Obama to strengthen anti-seafood fraud efforts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have asked President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to better coordinate their efforts to fight seafood fraud that they say threatens the livelihoods of American fishermen and harms consumers. According to the senators, seafood fraud is a serious problem in the United States, with surveys showing that ...

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MDA leading trade delegation to South America

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to South America from April 24-29. MDA officials say in a news release yesterday that the trip will include stops in Paraguay and Uruguay. They say participating companies can also make an optional stop in Brazil or Chile if they have business ...

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Lawmakers want protection for Cooper's plant in China

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), have asked U.S. diplomatic and trade representatives to help protect the interests of an American company, while dysfunction at a joint venture in China poses risks to U.S. jobs in Northeast Mississippi and elsewhere. The lawmakers are among a bipartisan, bicameral group that sent ...

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ITC rules against domestic shrimp processors

GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimp processors have lost a call for higher duties on frozen shrimp imported from five countries — China, Vietnam, Ecuador, India and Malaysia. The U.S. International Trade Commission rejected the proposal 4-2, saying the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries failed to present strong evidence that the imports were seriously damaging the processors. A tie would have ...

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Bryant, leaders headed to South America on trade mission

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and a group of Mississippi business leaders are in Brazil this week to meet with local trade organizations and officials. The group has stops scheduled in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They left yesterday and are to return Friday. Joining Bryant are Mississippi Development Authority executive director Brent Christensen, Port of Gulfport Director Jonathan ...

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Cochran welcomes Commerce antidumping decision, but wants more

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting the U.S. Department of Commerce antidumping decision that he feels will give farm-raised catfish producers in Mississippi and the nation some relief from unfair, low-priced foreign imports. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez last week informed Cochran that the U.S. Department of Commerce had completed its latest antidumping duty ...

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Man gets probation, fine for role in frozen chicken case

OCEAN SPRINGS — A man charged with falsifying temperatures of poultry exported from Pascagoula to Russia has been sentenced to three years on probation and a $2,000 fine. Terry White of Ocean Springs was indicted in the case along with two others, Gerald Miller of Gautier and Patrick McClain of Pascagoula. White pleaded guilty in the case. The others were ...

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Cochran pushing for measures aimed at protecting shrimpers

GULF OF MEXICO — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is pushing the enforcement of trade rules that would allow the U.S. shrimp industry “to compete with international competition on a level playing field.” Cochran today submitted testimony to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for an investigative hearing on the economic threat to the U.S. shrimp industry posed by foreign ...

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Senators backing sale of helicopters to Thailand

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are supporting the possible sale to Thailand of Lakota helicopters manufactured in Mississippi. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the government of Thailand’s request to purchase six Lakota helicopters, with associated training and equipment.  The estimated cost is $77 million. “The sale of these ...

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Senators want anti-dumping orders to stand on imported rebar

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are supporting a decision to maintain existing anti-dumping orders against unfairly subsidized imports of steel concrete rebar that harm American manufacturers. Cochran and Wicker in April signed a letter encouraging the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to extend the anti-dumping duties now imposed on rebar produced in China, Indonesia, ...

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