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.
CBP has taken the following interim measures against Vivaldi in order to protect U.S. revenue from future evasion attempts:
- Requiring “live” entry for all imports of QSP, meaning Vivaldi must submit proper import documentation and duties prior to the release of its merchandise;
- Suspending or extending entries of QSP without final computation or determination of duties (liquidation), as appropriate; and
- Reviewing Vivaldi’s continuous bond and application of single transaction bonds for it, 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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