WASHINGTON — On May 24, 2022, 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 7699, into the alleged evasion of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD), Order A-570-067 and Order C-570-068, involving cast iron soil pipe fittings (pipe fittings) from the People’s Republic of China (China). During its investigation, CBP established reasonable suspicion that C.I.S. Investments, LLC d/b/a Triangle Metals, LLC. (Triangle) imported forged steel fittings from China by transshipping them through Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Thailand, potentially evading a significant amount in AD/CVD duties owed to the U.S. Government.
CBP is taking the following interim measures against the importers to protect U.S. revenue:
- Requiring “live” entry for all imports of pipe fittings, meaning Triangle must submit proper import documentation and duties prior to the release of their merchandise;
- Suspending or extending entries imported by Triangle without final computation or determination of duties (liquidation), as appropriate; and
- Reviewing Little Fireflies’ continuous bonds and application of single transaction bonds for their entries, as appropriate.
Through effective implementation of 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.