In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, CBP, in coordination with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), was able to successfully seize over $900,000 worth of steel products that violated AD/CVD laws and assess $45.5 million in penalties for AD/CVD violations on importers of steel products. In January 2016, an examination by CBP port personnel resulted in CBP identifying nearly $200,000 in AD/CVD violations. This inspection is just one of the many successes CBP has had in its ongoing efforts to facilitate the flow of legitimate trade into the country while also preventing bad actors from evading AD/CVD duties. Inspections like this one are the result of strong enforcement policies and education efforts through seminars with the industry. In FY 2015, CBP also conducted over 7,200 entry summary reviews of steel imports for AD/CVD issues, and identified violations with a value of over $970,000.
The other key component of CBP’s steel AD/CVD strategy is supporting bi-directional training seminars, in which CBP personnel and industry members share important information in a collaborative effort. In FY 2015, CBP conducted five AD/CVD seminars, which took place at key trade locations in California, Georgia, Illinois, New York, and Texas, to the members of the steel industry and supported five AC/CVD seminars for CBP personnel. These seminars were designed and successfully leveraged to give the participants the latest knowledge about how the steel industry operates and AD/CVD trade policy is typically enforced in the industry.
In FY 2016, CBP will conduct the following Steel Seminars in conjunction with the industry:
- Laredo, Texas (February 23-25)
- New Orleans (April 12-14)
- Philadelphia (May 17-19)
- Long Beach, California (July 19-21)
- Detroit (August 23-25)
To read the entire CBP notice please follow this link: CBP Protects America's Steel Industry