U.S. Customs Finds “Substantial Evidence” That Chinese-Manufactured Wired Hangers Have Evaded Duty Mechanisms
American Shipper reported last week that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has found “substantial evidence” that Chinese-manufactured wire hangers have evaded U.S. antidumping duties by shipping the products through Thailand. As American Shipper notes, CBP started carrying out these types of investigations in August 2016 under authority of the Enforcement and Protect Act (EAPA), which was part of the 2015 Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. (MSCI supported this legislation.) That law established “formal procedures to submit and investigate antidumping or countervailing allegations of evasion against U.S. importers.”
As a reminder, the Metals Service Center Institute noted in its Section 232 steel and aluminum comments, there is ongoing and growing evidence that, in an attempt to circumvent duties that the United States rightfully has imposed on metals, the Chinese and other countries are simply processing that metal into various parts.