WASHINGTON – (Business Wire)

The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (“CSUSTL”) commends U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) for their legislation introduced Thursday to combat the evasion of U.S. trade remedy laws through custom fraud.

CSUSTL President Gilbert B. Kaplan said, “Passing this legislation will give the U.S. government the tools it needs to prevent bad actors from committing fraud and evasion to avoid paying antidumping and countervailing duties. This is particularly crucial for U.S. companies struggling to recover from the recession that have trade orders in place. It is now more important than ever to have strong and enforceable trade laws in this country.”

Roger B. Schagrin, Chairman of CSUSTL’s Government Affairs Committee added: “Congress and the Administration have made trade law enforcement a priority, and the legislation introduced today is consistent with that policy. We urge the House and Senate to act on enforcement legislation this year, so that we can end evasion that reduces the utility of trade remedy orders and impedes economic recovery.”

The Enforcing Orders and Reducing Circumvention and Evasion Act of 2010 (“ENFORCE Act”) gives the Department of Commerce the authority to investigate possible circumvention of antidumping (“AD”) and countervailing (“CV”) duty orders. The ENFORCE Act provides that the Department of Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection work together and share information to respond rapidly to AD/CVD evasion when it occurs. It also establishes, for the first time, a procedure whereby U.S. industry can petition the U.S. government to investigate specific allegations of AD/CVD evasion. In addition, the ENFORCE Act enhances the safety of U.S. consumers by allowing information to be shared by the appropriate U.S. government agencies when imports subject to AD/CVD orders are mislabeled in order to avoid payment of AD/CVD duties.

James C. Hecht, Chairman of CSUSTL’s Lawyer’s Committee, noted: “The legislation introduced today was carefully crafted by Senators Wyden and Snowe to deal with the specific issue of duty evasion, which weakens the remedial effectiveness of the antidumping and countervailing duty laws, and costs the U.S. Treasury hundreds of millions of dollars. The legislation will help the Commerce Department and Customs enforce the laws that are already on the books, in a manner that is consistent with our international obligations.”

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