U.S. Manufacturers Welcome Improvements in Trade Practices

The ENFORCE Act of 2010 will give the Commerce Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection new tools to combat illegal schemes to evade special duties.

The Coalition for Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders applauded a set of 14 proposals released by the U.S. Department of Commerce that would introduce changes in a variety of the agencys practices.

"These changes will result in more accurate and effective trade orders," said Joe Downes, spokesperson for the Coalition and Senior Vice President of Leggett & Platt, Inc.

At the same time, the Coalition noted the need for continued efforts to provide Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection with enhanced capabilities and tools to combat illegal schemes to circumvent trade orders once they are in place.

The Coalition notes that on August 5, 2010, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the Enforcing Orders and Reducing Circumvention and Evasion (ENFORCE) Act of 2010 to give important new tools to Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to these combat illegal schemes to evade special duties. The ENFORCE Act would give Commerce and CBP important tools including:

  • A rapid-response timeline for Commerce and CBP to respond to allegations of evasion;
  • Empowering Commerce to investigate the evasion of an antidumping or countervailing duty (AD/CVD) order, which Commerce imposed in the first place;
  • Facilitating greater cooperation and information-sharing between Commerce and CBP.

The Coalition for Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders consists of the following companies: M&B Metal Products (Leeds, Alabama), Vulcan Threaded Products (Pelham, Alabama), Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (Carthage, Missouri), Mid Continent Nail (Poplar Bluff, Missouri), American Spring Wire Company (Bedford Heights, Ohio), Insteel Industries (Mt. Airy, North Carolina), John Maneely Company (Beachwood, Ohio), Geo Specialty Chemicals (Lafayette, Indiana), and SSW Holding Company (Muskegon, Michigan). They are American manufacturers of various products that are subject to antidumping and/or countervailing duty orders.

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