CBP Takes Interim Measures for Certain Steel Gratings in Ongoing Enforce and Protect Act Investigation
WASHINGTON—On September 18, 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 into the alleged evasion of an antidumping duty order involving the misclassification of steel gratings from The People’s Republic of China. During the course of its investigation, CBP developed a reasonable suspicion that Ikadan System USA, Inc. (Ikadan) imported steel gratings from China without properly identifying the merchandise as subject to an antidumping duty order, potentially evading a significant amount in antidumping duties owed to the U.S. Government.
CBP has taken the following interim measures against Ikadan in order to protect U.S. revenue from future evasion attempts by:
- Requiring “live” entry for all imports of steel gratings, meaning Ikadan must submit proper import documentation and duties prior to the release of its merchandise;
- Suspending or extending entries of activated carbon without final computation or determination of duties (liquidation), as appropriate; and
- Reviewing Ikadan’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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