WASHINGTON — On February 1, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its notification of initiation of investigation and interim measures as to evasion by LDL Trading Company (LDL Trading) in Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation 7785, examining the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders A-570-079 and C-570-080 on cast iron steel pipe (CISP) from the People’s Republic of China (China) and AD/CVD orders A-570-062 and C-570-063 on cast iron soil pipe fittings (CISPF) from China. CBP found there was reasonable suspicion that LDL Trading had been entering covered merchandise from China that had been transshipped through Malaysia and had been misclassified as non-covered merchandise.
In light of CBP’s determination and pursuant to its authorities under EAPA, CBP will:
- Require “live” entry for imports of CISP and CISPF, meaning LDL Trading must submit proper import documentation and duties prior to the release of its merchandise;
- Suspend liquidation of entries made after initiation of the investigation and extend liquidation of entries made before the initiation; and
- Review LDL Trading’s continuous bonds and application of single transaction bonds for its entries, as appropriate.
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