A recent case in the Federal Courts alleges that a U.S. based company violated import laws by smuggling Chinese-made aluminum into the U.S. to avoid antidumping duties. The Department of Justice alleged Friday that Perfectus Aluminum, a U.S.-based company controlled by China aluminum magnate Liu Zhongtian, illegally smuggled millions of aluminum pallets into the U.S. to dodge $1.5 billion in subsidy and dumping tariffs on Chinese imports. This is one of the largest cases of alleged antidumping circumvention so far but demonstrates the focus of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other U.S. Government agencies on identifying and prosecuting cases of ADD avoidance.
This case has wider ramifications for all U.S. importers, particularly those who import products subject to antidumping duty (ADD) or countervailing duty (CVD). With the growing number of products subject to these punitive duties importers must take steps to ensure they are not violating ADD or CVD orders. Here are some links that provide more information:
The link to the article regarding the above case can be found HERE.
Further information about ADD and CVD can be found HERE.
The list of countries and products currently subject to ADD or CVD can be found HERE.
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