WASHINGTON – United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it found “substantial evidence” that 15 importers evaded tariffs by illegally bringing in quartz surface products from China.
According to CBP, popular countertop products entered âthe United States through undervaluation, misclassification and / or transshipment through Malaysia. The importers did not declare that the merchandise was subject to anti-dumping / CVD orders on entry and, therefore, no cash deposits were collected on the merchandise.
The CBP decision represents a victory for Cambria, a manufacturer of quartz surfacing products based in Le Sueur, Minnesota. The company triggered the CBP investigation by filing a complaint of widespread tariff fraud in October 2020.
The complaint followed a petition filed by Cambria in April 2018 alleging unfair trade practices that led the Commerce Ministry to levy duties of up to 500% on illegally traded Chinese quartz imports. At the time, Cambria claimed that dumped and subsidized Chinese quarter imports were hurting American industry and workers by moving more than $ 1 billion a year in domestic product.
Each of the 15 companies surveyed must pay preliminary duties of between 300 and 500% on the quartz surface products they import. In addition, the CPB has banned the entry of products pending the completion of a separate investigation and final determination by the United States Department of Commerce.
- AAA Innovation LLC
- Astera Kitchen and Bath, Inc.
- FTR SARL
- GHS Group, LLC
- Gin Investments Corp.
- Gold stone kitchen depot inc.
- Granite Collection Inc.
- Marble and granite Ilkem inc.
- New Generation Marble and Granite LLC
- North Creation Granite Co.
- RQ Sales Co. LLC
- RQ Sales LLC
- The best store, Inc.
- Total Scope Cabinets and Tops LLC
- YNJ Management LLC
âCustoms are to be commended for their incredible and painstaking efforts to dig into the facts of this escape plan to ensure that the US importers involved are held accountable for their illegal activities,â said Luke Meisner of law firm Schagrin Associates. , Cambria’s legal advisor on the matter. âThe customs 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. “