Dear Chairmen Ryan and Hatch and Ranking Members Levin and Wyden:
Effective enforcement of U.S. trade remedies – antidumping and countervailing duty orders – is critical to many parts of our manufacturing base. Conditions of fair trade are important for companies, their workers and their communities when trade remedies have been imposed. Problems of evasion of orders have become critical in many cases with more than $1 billion in duties not collected in recent years and undoubtedly billions more evaded through mislabeling of the country of origin, misclassification of the imported product, undervaluation of imports and many other stratagems that have been identified by companies, workers and Congressional staff.
CSUSTL strongly supports enactment of provisions to help address the rampant problem of evasion of antidumping and countervailing duties. Title IV of HR 1907 and S. 1269 each contain provisions to address these problems. CSUSTL strongly supports the Senate approach to addressing evasion. We urge the Congress to complete the process of resolving the remaining differences in the customs bills as quickly as possible. CSUSTL urges you to ensure that the resulting bill provides for enforceable timelines for investigating potential evasion situations, meaningful access to information, and judicial review on the merits, not just on procedures.
The delay in passing this critical legislation is costing US manufacturers and their workers business and jobs every day and costs the U.S. Treasury hundreds of millions or billions of dollars each year. Thank you for your efforts to get the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 completed and to the President’s desk in the very near future.
Terence P. Stewart