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EAPA Action: Notice of Determination as to Evasion in EAPA Case 7782 - Forged Steel Fittings

WASHINGTON— On August 16, 2023, CBP issued the notice of determination as to evasion for EAPA case 7782 filed by Flatland Holdings LLC d/b/a RK Supplies LLC, against U.S. importer YVC USA, Inc. (YVC) for evasion of the applicable AD/CVD orders A-570-067 and C-570-068 on forged steel fittings from China.  Specifically, evidence on the record shows reported manufacturer Mass Steel Lanka Industries Pvt., Ltd. imported Chinese-origin forged steel fittings into Sri Lanka then reexported them to the United States without any manufacturing in Sri Lanka.  YVC subsequently imported the Chinese-origin forged steel fittings from Mass Steel and declared them as Sri Lankan-origin and did not pay any AD/CVD duties.  CBP has determined that there is substantial evidence of evasion of AD/CVD duties by YVC and, therefore, CBP issued a formal notice of determination as to evasion and has in light of CBP’s findings, CBP will:

  • CBP will suspend or continue to suspend the entries covered by this investigation, until instructed to liquidate.
  • For those entries previously extended in accordance with Interim Measures, CBP will rate adjust and change those entries to type 03 and continue suspension until instructed to liquidate these entries.
  • CBP will continue to evaluate YVC’s continuous bonds in accordance with CBP’s policies.

For additional information on CBP and EAPA, please visit CBP.gov. If you suspect an importer of duty evasion, CBP encourages you to submit an allegation through our online portal.

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Last Modified: Aug 29, 2023