17 March 2011
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, has secured a significant victory on behalf of clients Vinh Hoan Corporation and Cuu Long Fish Joint Stock Company in an administrative review of a US Department of Commerce antidumping order on certain frozen fish fillets from Vietnam.
In a decision announced on 15 March 2011, Mayer Brown lawyers secured a duty rate of 0 percent, reversing a preliminary ruling that set rates at more than 120 percent. The victory will save the Mayer Brown clients millions in potential duties and enable them to continue their US operations.
Matthew McConkey, a partner in Mayer Brown’s Government & Global Trade practice in Washington, DC, asserted this case demonstrates the value of the Commerce Department’s administrative review process and that the participation of foreign exporters in these cases can make a significant difference.
“We are pleased that the Commerce Department accepted the basis of our argument,” Mr. McConkey said. “The Department’s open and inclusive administrative process allowed a vigorous and transparent discussion of the issues, which resulted in a correct decision.”
In addition to Mr. McConkey, the Mayer Brown team included: counsel Tim Keeler; associates Dave Wharwood, JC Lowe and Margaret-Rose Sales; and senior international trade consultant Fabian Rivelis.