Washington — Louisiana crawfish processors will collect nearly $20 million from the federal government under an agreement announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., that compensates the industry for illegal market “dumping” by Chinese importers.
“When I think of Louisiana, I think of crawfish and seafood,” Landrieu said. She described the efforts to extract the payment from the U.S> Customs and Border Protection agency, called CBP, as “a battle for our way of life.”
The money comes from import duties CBP collected via a court judgment against Chinese processors who dumped their mudbugs on the U.S. market 10 to 15 years ago. The agency is seeking additional duties, but their efforts are complicated by various machinations by the Chinese to avoid the tariffs, Landrieu’s office said.
Landrieu, chair of the appropriations subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, held a hearing in July on enforcement of U.S. trade laws.