WASHINGTON – On July 31, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its notification of initiation and interim measures as to evasion by CIMC Intermodal Equipment LLC (CIE Manufacturing) in Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation 7810, examining the evasion of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders A-570-135 and C-570-136 on chassis and subassemblies from the People’s Republic of China (China). CBP found there was a reasonable suspicion that CIE Manufacturing had been entering covered merchandise from China that was misclassified as non-covered merchandise or that had been transshipped through Thailand.
In light of CBP’s determination that CIE Manufacturing entered covered merchandise into the customs territory of the United States through evasion, and pursuant to its authorities under EAPA, CBP will:
- Require “live” entry for all imports of chassis and subassemblies, meaning CIE Manufacturing must submit proper import documentation and duties prior to the release of their merchandise;
- Suspend or extend entries of CIE Manufacturing without final computation or determination of duties (liquidation), as appropriate; and
- Review CIE Manufacturing’ 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 the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) page. If you suspect an importer of duty evasion, CBP encourages you to submit an allegation through our online portal.
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