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US: CBP taking action against five plywood importers

25.01.2019 − 

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, has launched an investigation into a group of US plywood importers and taken urgent interim measures. This information is revealed in a letter sent to the companies in question on 20 November 2018. In the letter, the CBP accuses the importers of intentionally importing hardwood plywood into the US that had been made in China and been relabelled in Vietnam. This action apparently aimed to circumvent the duties payable on hardwood plywood products from China. Since the start of 2018, these imports have been subject to anti-dumping duties of 188.36% and countervailing duties of 22.98-194.9%.

The investigation launched by the CBP came in response to tips from the Californian plywood importer Plywood Source. This company contacted the agency on 9 July 2018 after having gathered incriminating evidence that five of its competitors had infringed the import conditions. The plywood importers in question are: Far East American, Ciel Group, American Pacific Plywood, Liberty Woods International and InterGlobal Forest. The CBP initially accepted the five individual submissions provided by Plywood Source for review with effect from 25 July. The authority believes that the accused had taken collective action, leading it to launch the investigation under the joint case number 7252 under the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA). The CBP Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate (TRLED) in charge of the case started its work on 15 August. The investigation covers all imports into the US that the companies in question had undertaken since 25 July 2017.

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