U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently highlighted its efforts to aid the U.S. steel industry through its role in enforcing trade remedies against imported steel products sold below normal value or benefiting from foreign government subsidies. CBP said it is actively enforcing 111 AD/CV duty orders on steel products and is preparing to enforce even more in light of the 42 new petitions filed by the domestic industry.
An agency fact sheet states that in fiscal year 2015 CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations seized more than $900,000 worth of steel products that violated AD/CV duty laws and assessed $45.5 million in penalties on steel importers for AD/CV duty violations. CBP also conducted more than 7,200 entry summary reviews of steel imports for AD/CV duty issues and identified violations with a value of more than $970,000. Earlier this month an examination by CBP port personnel identified another $200,000 in AD/CV duty violations.
However, CBP notes that its enforcement efforts go beyond inspections and assessments. For example, the agency’s Base Metals Center of Excellence and Expertise in Chicago that is dedicated to the steel industry features industry experts who work together as one unit to focus on outreach and enforcement for steel importations. CBP also supports training seminars in which CBP personnel and industry members share the latest information about how the steel industry operates and how AD/CV trade policy is typically enforced in the industry. Ten such seminars were held in FY 2015 and five more are scheduled for this year: Laredo, Texas (Feb. 23-25), New Orleans (April 12-14), Philadelphia (May 17-19), Long Beach (July 19-21) and Detroit (Aug. 23-25).
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