American Seafoods awaits ruling on Jones Act

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American Seafoods and others recently fined for Jones Act violations for using the so-called Bayside Program to bring Alaska-sourced seafood to the US East Coast are awaiting a ruling from Alaska’s District Court Judge. The Bayside Program has been fined nearly USD 500 million for their use of a 100-foot, dead-end railway in New Brunswick and are seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against US Customs and Border Protection, which began issuing fines after determining the railway did not meet the terms of a waiver to the Jones Act which it had previously granted.  Bayside believes it is in full compliance under a long-recognized statutory exception to the Jones Act. 26 million pounds of frozen seafood are tied up in cold storage over the dispute.

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