Our trade laws provide for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on dumped and subsidized imports that injure U.S. industries. Unfortunately, foreign exporters continue to circumvent antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders through a variety of tactics, such as transshipment, misclassification and other illegal behavior. These nefarious practices continue to severely harm U.S. producers denying the benefit of the remedy provided by law. In addition, the U.S. Treasury is not collecting revenue which it is due.
To rectify this situation, AISI urges House members to cosponsor H.R. 3057, the Enforcing Orders and Reducing Customs Evasion (ENFORCE) Act of 2011. This legislation, recently introduced by Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) along with a number of other House Members, will ensure that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) uses its authority to collect the correct amount of AD/CVD duties imposed by law and due to the U.S. Treasury. Similar to the Senate bill (S. 1133), the legislation will also establish a process by which domestic producers can petition CBP to investigate claims of customs fraud and AD/CVD evasion and would require that CBP make preliminary and final determinations to be made public within a specific time-line. This is a common sense piece of legislation that demonstrates our government can and will combat fraud and abuse relating to unfair trade policies.
-AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson