Thailand set to lose share Late last month the US Senate Finance Committee backed legislation to amend the Andean Trade Preference Act to include duty-free treatment for canned tuna from Andean nations. The compromise amendment, passed by a vote of 11-9, is said to "protect American Samoa, the US tuna industry, and US boat owners". The compromise includes a provision that will limit duty-free treatment for canned tuna from the Andean nations to 20% of domestic production in the US. These developments could mean that Thailand faces the real possibility of a drop in its share of the canned tuna market in the US. However, industry onlookers feel that Thailand will maintain its position as the leading exporter of canned tuna to the US due to its proximity to the biggest supply of the species, especially from the Western Pacific Ocean. {{CANNED GOODS }}