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