WASHINGTON — On October 26, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its notification of initiation and interim measures as to evasion by Double L Group, LLC and Manufacturing Network Inc. (collectively, the Importers) in Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation 7730, examining the evasion of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders A-570-947 and C-570-948 on steel grating from the People’s Republic of China (China). CBP found there was reasonable suspicion that the Importers had been entering covered merchandise from China that was misclassified as non-covered merchandise.
In light of CBP’s determination and pursuant to its authorities under EAPA, CBP will continue to:
- Require “live” entry for all imports of steel grating, meaning the Importers must submit proper import documentation and duties prior to the release of their merchandise;
- Suspend or extend entries of the Importers without final computation or determination of duties (liquidation), as appropriate; and
- Review the Importers’ continuous bonds and application of single transaction bonds for their entries, as appropriate.
These actions do not preclude CBP from taking additional enforcement measures as it determines appropriate under its EAPA or other legal authorities, which include pursuing civil penalties or investigations into criminal violations.
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