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EAPA Action: Notice of Investigation and Interim Measures in EAPA Case 7745 - Thermal Paper

WASHINGTON — On January 24, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its notification of initiation and interim measures as to evasion by E-Merchant Supplies, A2 Labels & Rolls, POS Supply Solutions, Royal Paper Products (otherwise known as AmerCare Royal LLC), Golden Eagle Distributors LLC, Paper Roll Supplies LLC, Lucky Heap, National POS Paper, Paper Roll Products, BuyRolls Inc., Qualita Paper Products (otherwise known as Quality Paper Products), VBS Cal LLC, Allied Paper Company, and The Advantage Group (collectively, the Importers) in Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation 7745, examining the evasion of antidumping duty (AD) orders A-428-850 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 Germany that had been transshipped through Mexico, or been entering covered merchandise from Germany that had been 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.

For additional information on CBP and EAPA, please visit CBP.gov.  If you suspect an importer of duty evasion, CBP encourages you to submit an allegation through our online portal.

Follow CBP Office of Trade on Twitter @CBPTradeGov.

Last Modified: Feb 02, 2023