Aluminum Extruders Council Wins Transshipment Case
December 18, 2018; Wauconda, Illinois -- The Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has determined that there is substantial evidence that Sun Bright International Corporation and Fair Importing Corporation entered merchandise covered by antidumping duty (“AD”) order A-570-967,1 and countervailing duty (“CVD”) order C-570-968,2 into the customs territory of the United States through evasion. CBP determined that these two companies imported into the United States aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China (“China”) that were transshipped through Malaysia.
Jeff Henderson, President of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) stated, “We want to thank U.S Customs and Border Patrol for this fantastic outcome, and victory for the EAPA program. Transshippers like these companies should know we will continue to locate and bring to justice those that seek to evade U.S. trade laws and the AEC’s aluminum extrusion orders against China.”
Customs stated in their report, “Substantial evidence on the record of this investigation supports a determination that the Importers’ entries of aluminum extrusions from their supplier, CK Aluminium, were made by material false statements or acts, and material omissions, that resulted in the avoidance of applicable cash deposits required under AD order A-570-967 and CVD order C-570-968. Specifically, the aluminum extrusions imported by the Importers, and declared to be of Malaysian origin, were actually Chinese-origin aluminum extrusions that were transshipped through Malaysia.
We find that all entries of aluminum extrusions made by the Importers during the period of investigation were Chinese and transshipped through Malaysia. Therefore, they are subject to the China-wide entity rate for the AD order on aluminum extrusions from China and the all others rate for the CVD order on aluminum extrusions from China.” This will result in the collection of duties in excess of 90 percent of the value of the merchandise. All imports of extrusions from Malaysia from CK Aluminum and imported by these importers will continue to be subject to the China orders.
Henderson continues, “Those importers and exporters that seek to undermine our orders will be caught and punished for circumventing U.S. law. Importers need to keep in mind that they will be held responsible for unpaid duties and possible fines.”
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The AEC has led the U.S. aluminum extrusion industry in achieving level competition by winning tariff protection that offsets unfair trade practices of extruders/importers of aluminum profiles produced in China. The efforts have been of enormous value to domestic extruders and suppliers. They may have saved the industry. Conservatively, AEC estimates 800 million pounds per year of extrusions are being produced in the U.S. that would have otherwise been lost to China. For more information, visit www.AECFairTrade.org.
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), established in 1950, is an international association dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusion in North America. AEC is committed to bringing comprehensive information about extrusion's characteristics, applications, environmental benefits, design and technology to users, product designers, engineers and the academic community. Further, AEC is focused on enhancing the ability of its members to meet the emerging demands of the market through sharing knowledge and best practices. Advocacy programs ensure that aluminum extruders, suppliers and their products remain relevant and viable in an ever-changing legislative and regulatory climate. More than 120 member companies represent primary aluminum producers and other industry suppliers in addition to aluminum extruders operating hundreds of extrusion presses in hundreds of plants worldwide. For more information, visit the website at www.aec.org; contact AEC at firstname.lastname@example.org.