Texas-Based Importer Asks U.S. Court of International Trade to Expedite Chilean Sea Bass Import Case

Southern Cross Seafood, a Texas fish importer, asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to expedite its case alleging that the U.S. illegally blocked its shipment of Patagonian toothfish (more commonly known as Chilean sea bass), arguing it will suffer “extraordinary hardship” if the case isn’t expedited. The suit alleges the National Marine Fisheries Service improperly created a de facto embargo and that “neither Southern Cross nor any other company will be able to import Patagonian toothfish … from [the relevant area] into the United States through at least the end of the 2022/23 fishing season.”