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U.S. International Trade Commission Submits Preliminary Report and Seeks Limited Additional Comments on Petitions for Import Duty Reductions

Posted in Customs Law, Manufacturing
On June 9, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) submitted its preliminary report on petitions for duty suspensions and reductions, under the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (AMCA), to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. As discussed in previous posts here and here, the AMCA reformed… Continue Reading

New Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petition Process Opens Today

Posted in Customs Law, Manufacturing
Today, October 14, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission will begin accepting petitions for duty suspensions and reductions pursuant to the new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process. The Commission will collect petitions for a 60-day period, after which it will comments in support or opposition to the petitions received. After it has analyzed all petitions and… Continue Reading

How Customs Can Collect Billions in Unpaid AD/CVD Duties

Posted in Antidumping
On August 15, 2016, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report finding that there are $2.3 billion in uncollected antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has yet to receive.  GAO examined data for entries from 2001 through 2014, and the amount owed on these entries through… Continue Reading

Importers Find That Trade Remedies Evasion Doesn’t Pay

Posted in Compliance, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies, Manufacturing, Trade Remedies
Last week, several individuals involved in a multi-year scheme to fraudulently misclassify imported Chinese magnesium powder were handed prison sentences by a federal judge. The defendants, William Nehill and Gregory Magness, pled guilty in the scheme several years ago. Magness has been given an 18-month prison sentence, while Nehill will serve 90 days; both Nehill and… Continue Reading

Single Transaction Bonds: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?

Posted in Appeals, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies
Two weeks ago, the U.S. Court of International Trade issued its first opinion regarding U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s relatively recent practice of requiring single transaction bonds of importers at the “all others” rate in effect for specific antidumping duty orders, where the agency believes that there is a significant risk that the importer is… Continue Reading

Will GSP Renewal Be Caught Up in Last Week’s Trade Legislation Fallout?

Posted in Customs Law, TPA, Trade Negotiations
The big trade story in Washington this week is House Democrats’ refusal to go along with the plan laid out by the Administration, Senate, and House Republicans for passage of a group of trade bills—most importantly, a bill to provide a “fast-track” through Congress for trade agreements currently being negotiated by the president. Both Senate… Continue Reading

Victory for Domestic Industry on Single Transaction Bonds Issues

Posted in Appeals, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies, Trade Remedies
A closely watched case at the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) has resulted in a big victory for U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and for U.S. companies that avail themselves of the U.S. trade remedies laws. The case involved a challenge to CBP’s authority to require single transaction bonds (STBs) for goods subject… Continue Reading

Risks of Importing Goods Subject to Antidumping and Countervailing Duties

Posted in Appeals, Customs Law, Litigation, Trade Remedies
Two opinions released last week by the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) underscore the risks that importers face when bringing in goods subject to U.S. trade remedies laws. P.F. Stores, Inc. v. United States and Hutchison Quality Furniture, Inc. v. United States both involved importers of goods subject to the antidumping duty order on… Continue Reading

CBP Issues Alert on Scope of Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Orders on Chinese Furniture

Posted in Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies
On February 18, 2015, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) issued an alert to importers regarding the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on wooden bedroom furniture from China. The alert is a welcome sign of the agency’s increased efforts to educate the importing community about existing trade orders. When an antidumping or… Continue Reading

U.S. Government Brings Trio of Penalty Suits for AD/CVD Import Violations

Posted in Appeals, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies, Trade Remedies
So far this month, the Department of Justice has filed three collection suits against importers accused of negligently importing goods subject to antidumping and countervailing orders. The new cases include: U.S. v. 3A Industrial Supply, LLC, CIT Ct No. 14-242, seeking penalties in conjunction with one entry of butt-weld pipe fittings from China. U.S. v.… Continue Reading
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