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Importers of quartz products reportedly found evading tariffs


MINNEAPOLIS – US Customs and Border Protection has taken punitive action against several companies accused of violating US trade laws by attempting to evade tariffs on imports of quartz surface products from China, announced Cambria Company LLC last week.

The manufacturer of quartz surface products based in Le Sueur, Minnesota, said customs officials, taking action under the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA), found that 15 American importers were guilty of misclassifying, undervaluing and illegally transhipping Chinese quartz surface products through Malaysia in order to evade payment of anti-dumping and countervailing duties (AD / CVD). Days later, customs cracked down on two more importers for illegally falsely classifying their imports of Chinese quartz surface products as “crushed glass” surfaces, said Cambria, who has indicted numerous Chinese producers and exporters, several Malaysian companies involved in the transshipment of goods and numerous importers. to participate in tariff evasion efforts.

Customs will suspend entries of quartz surface products by importers under the agency’s investigation until it receives instructions from the U.S. Department of Commerce as to the correct AD / CVD rates that should be applied to entries, Cambria said. Duties will then be imposed.

“Customs are to be commended for their efforts to dig into the facts of this escape plan to ensure that the US importers involved are held accountable for their illegal activities,” said Luke Meisner of Schagrin Associates, Cambria’s legal advisor. . “The enforcement actions in this investigation are targeting an unprecedented number of US importers and should send a clear signal to the industry that fraudsters can and will be caught.”

“This illegal evasion of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on quartz surface products will not be tolerated,” said Arik Tendler, sales manager of Cambria. Aggressive customs actions are important because they hold these importers accountable for their illegal fraud, deter other importers from engaging in similar fraud tactics and ensure that the domestic industry receives the help it is entitled to. under US trade laws. “