US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep CBP.gov current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

CBP Halts Importation of 21 Million Plastic Bags

Release Date: 
December 20, 2010

Los Angeles - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and import specialists assigned to Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex seized a total of 21,150,614 plastic grocery bags arriving from China for violating Anti-dumping/Countervailing Duty laws. The estimated domestic value of the shipment is $448,833.

U.S. Department of Commerce Anti-dumping/Countervailing Duty regulation prevents the importation of merchandise at an unfairly low or subsidized price which is one of the hundreds of laws CBP aggressively enforces. CBP is responsible for collecting the required import duties in order to level the playing field for American companies who may be injured by these unfair trade practices.

CBP officers and import specialists assigned to Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex seized a total of 21,150,614 plastic grocery bags.

CBP officers and import specialists assigned to Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex seized a total of 21,150,614 plastic grocery bags.

"Detecting and deterring circumvention of the Anti-dumping/Countervailing Duty law is a Priority Trade issue for CBP. Our primary goal is to effectively liquidate final duties timely and accurately while facilitating legitimate trade," said CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles, Carlos Martel.

The plastic bags with handles were concealed in a shipment that contained non-infringing clear plastic produce bags. Retail carrier bags coming from China composed of greater than 50% polyethylene are subject to anti-dumping duty which can range from zero up to 77.57%. In this particular seizure, the anti-dumping duty rate was 77.57%, thus the incentive to smuggle this merchandise.

CBP enforces the Anti-dumping/Countervailing Duty law by utilizing a risk-based approach to identify and address violations and circumvention schemes. For further information on Antidumping/Countervailing Duty regulations the public should call (877) 227-5511 or visit the Trade page on the CBP website.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017