WASHINGTON—On December 18, 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 7501, into the alleged evasion of an antidumping duty (AD) order involving the transshipment of steel wire hangers (hangers) from The People’s Republic of China (China). During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that CEK Group LLC, D&J Trading Inc., Power Poly & Hanger Supply Inc., and KSA Supply Corporation (the Importers) imported hangers from China by transshipping them through Thailand to evade AD order A-570-918, potentially evading a significant amount in antidumping duties owed to the U.S. Government.
CBP has taken the following interim measures against the Importers in order to protect U.S. revenue from future evasion attempts:
- Requiring “live” entry for all imports of steel wheels, meaning the Importers must submit proper import documentation and duties prior to the release of its merchandise;
- Suspending or extending entries of hangers without final computation or determination of duties (liquidation), as appropriate; and
- Reviewing the Importers continuous bonds and application of single transaction bonds for them, as appropriate.
As a result of implementing EAPA interim measures, CBP halts the potential evasion of a significant amount of antidumping duties annually. If you suspect an importer of duty evasion, CBP encourages you to submit an allegation through our online portal.
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