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Recent EAPA Actions

In 2016, the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) program began investigating allegations of AD/CVD evasion under the authority of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA).  Recent EAPA actions are published here to provide timely, detailed information about EAPA to the American public. 


 

EAPA Action: Notice of Determination as to Evasion in EAPA Case 7553 - Wooden Cabinets and Vanities

September 16, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On September 16, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its determination as to evasion by Pacific Building Material Inc. (“PBM”); Deco Kitchen Cabinet & Bath, Inc. (“Deco”); Skyview Cabinet USA, Inc (“Skyview”); and Greentree Trading Company (“Greentree”) (collectively, “the Importers”) in its Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Consolidated Case 7553, into the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders A-570-106 and C-570-107 on wooden cabinets and vanities and components thereof (“WCV”) from the People’s Republic of China (“China”). CBP found there was substantial evidence that the Importers had been importing covered Chinese-origin merchandise into the United States that had been transshipped through Malaysia.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Determination as to Evasion in EAPA Case 7470 - Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet

July 2, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On July 2, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its determination as to evasion by AA Metals in its Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7470, into the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders for common alloy aluminum sheet (aluminum sheet) from the People’s Republic of China (China). CBP found there was not substantial evidence that AA Metals had been entering subject merchandise from China that had been transshipped through the United Arab Emirates.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7603 - Wooden Cabinets and Vanities

July 1, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On July 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures as a part of ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation 7603 into the alleged evasion of antidumping duty and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders A-570-106 and C-570-107, respectively, involving wooden cabinets and vanities and component parts thereof (“WCV”) from The People’s Republic of China. During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that BGI Group Inc. dba U.S. Cabinet Depot (“BGI”) imported WCV from China by transshipping them through Vietnam, potentially evading a significant amount in AD/CVD duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7604 - Quartz Surface Products

June 29, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On June 29, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures as a part of an ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7604, into the alleged evasion involving quartz surface products (“QSP”) from The People’s Republic of China (China). During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that Simpli Home, Ltd. (“Simpli Home”) imported QSP from China by transshipping them through Vietnam to evade antidumping duty (AD) order A-570-900 and countervailing duty (CVD) order C-570-085, potentially evading a significant amount in AD/CVD duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Determination as to Evasion in EAPA Case 7474 - Certain Steel Grating

June 21, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On June 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its determination as to evasion by Ikadan System USA, Inc. (“Ikadan”) and Weihai Gaosai Metal 2 Product Co., Ltd. (“Gaosai”) (collectively, the Importers) in its Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7474, into the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders A-570-947 and C-570-948 for certain steel grating (steel grating) from the People’s Republic of China (China). CBP found there was substantial evidence that the Importers had been entering subject merchandise from China that had been misclassified. The Importers did not declare that the merchandise was subject to AD/CVD orders upon entry, and no cash deposits were collected on the merchandise. As a result, the Importers evaded a significant amount of AD/CVD duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7354 - Diamond Sawblades

May 19, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On May 19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures as part of an ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7354, into the alleged evasion involving diamond sawblades and parts thereof (“diamond sawblades”) from The People’s Republic of China (China). During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that Gogo International, Inc. (“Gogo”) imported diamond sawblades from China by transshipping them through Canada to evade antidumping (AD) duty order A-570-900, potentially evading a significant amount in AD duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7550 - Aluminum Extrusions

May 10, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On May 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures as a part of an ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7550, into the alleged evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders involving aluminum extrusions from The People’s Republic of China (China). During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that Kingtom Aluminio SRL (“Kingtom”) imported aluminum extrusions from China by transshipping them through the Dominican Republic to evade AD/CVD orders A-570-967 and C-570-968, potentially evading a significant amount in AD/CVD duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7586 - Quartz Surface Products

May 10, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On May 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures as a part of an ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7586, into the alleged evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders involving quartz surface products (“QSP”) from The People’s Republic of China (China). During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that Vivaldi Commercial LLC (dba Superior Granite and Marble by V) and Vivaldi Interiors LLC (“Vivaldi”) imported QSP from China by misclassifying it as crushed glass to evade AD/CVD orders A-570-084 and C-570-085, potentially evading a significant amount in AD/CVD duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7583 - Wooden Cabinets and Vanities

May 5, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On May 5, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures as a part of an ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7583, into the alleged evasion of an antidumping duty order involving the transshipment of wooden cabinets and vanities (“WCV”) from The People’s Republic of China (China). During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that CNC Associates (“CNC”) imported WCV from China by transshipping them through Malaysia to evade antidumping and countervailing (AD/CVD) orders A-570-106 and C-570-107, potentially evading a significant amount in antidumping duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7522 - Quartz Surface Products

March 1, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On March 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures as a part of an ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7522, into the alleged evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders involving quartz surface products (“QSP”) from The People’s Republic of China (China). During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that AAA Innovation LLC (AAA); Astera Kitchen and Bath, Inc. (Astera); FTR LLC (FTR); GHS Group (GHS), LLC; Gin Investments Corp. (Gin); Gold Stone Kitchen Depot Inc. (Gold Stone); Granite Collection Inc. (Granite Collection); Ilkem Marble & Granite Inc. (Ilkem); Next Generation Marble and Granite LLC (Next Generation); North Creation Granite Co. (North Creation); RQ Sales Co. LLC (RQ Sales Colorado); RQ Sales LLC (RQ Sales Nevada); The Top Shop, Inc. (Top Shop); Total Scope Cabinets and Tops LLC (Total Scope); and YNJ Management LLC (YNJ) (collectively, “the Importers”) imported QSP from China by misclassifying it as crushed glass to evade AD/CVD orders A-570-084 and C-570-085, potentially evading a significant amount in AD/CVD duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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EAPA Action: Determination as to Evasion in EAPA Case 7430 - Activated Carbon

February 23, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On February 23, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its determination as to evasion by Carbon Activated Corp (“CAC”) in its Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7430, into the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders for activated carbon from the People’s Republic of China (China). CBP found there was not substantial evidence that CAC had been entering subject merchandise from China that had been transshipped through Indonesia.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7553 - Wooden Cabinets and Vanities

February 11, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On February 11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures as a part of ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation 7553 into the alleged evasion of antidumping duty and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders A-570-106 and C-570-107, respectively, involving wooden cabinets and vanities and component parts thereof (“WCV”) from The People’s Republic of China. During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that Pacific Building Material; Deco Kitchen Cabinet & Bath, Inc.; KC Cabinet; and Greentree Trading Company (collectively, “the Importers”) imported WCV from China that were transshipped through Malaysia, potentially evading a significant amount in AD/CVD duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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EAPA Action: Determination as to Evasion in EAPA Case 7455 - Cast Iron Soil Pipe

February 8, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On February 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its determination as to evasion by Lino International Inc. (Lino) in its Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7455, into the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders for cast-iron soil pipe (soil pipe) from the People’s Republic of China (China). CBP found substantial evidence that Lino evaded AD/CVD orders A-570-062 and C-570-063 by transshipping soil pipe through Cambodia. It failed to properly report these entries and to post the appropriate cash deposits. Furthermore, CBP determined that Lino set up a front company during its investigation to evade CBP’s interim measures.

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EAPA Action: Determination as to Evasion in EAPA Case 7454 - Cast Iron Soil Pipe

February 8, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On February 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its determination as to evasion by Blue Star Global, Inc. (Blue Star) and Lino International Inc. (Lino). The determination is a result of the agency’s Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7454, into the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders for cast-iron soil pipe (soil pipe) from the People’s Republic of China (China). CBP found substantial evidence that Blue Star and Lino evaded AD/CVD orders A-570-079 and C-570-080 by transshipping soil pipe through Cambodia. The companies failed to properly report these entries and post the appropriate cash deposits. Furthermore, CBP determined that Lino set up a front company during its investigation to evade CBP’s interim measures.

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EAPA Action: Notice of Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7523 - Lightweight Thermal Paper

January 27, 2021 | EAPA Action

WASHINGTON—On January 27, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures as a part of an ongoing Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation, EAPA Case 7523, into the alleged evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders involving lightweight thermal paper (“LWTP”) from The People’s Republic of China (China). During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that Amlink Sourcing Incorporated (“Amlink”) imported LWTP from China by misclassifying it to evade AD/CVD orders A-570-920 and C-570-921, potentially evading a significant amount in AD/CVD duties owed to the U.S. Government.

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October 7, 2021
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