U.S. Finds Evasion of Duties on Chinese Quartz Imports
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has determined in a preliminary finding that two Chinese importers of quartz surfaces have allegedly evaded antidumping and countervailing duties imposed by U.S. trade officials, according to Cambria Company LLC.
Cambria, the leading domestic supplier of quartz surfaces, said the pair of importers were found in violation of trade sanctions by misclassifying the products in question as crushed glass, which is outside the scope of the AD/CVD orders. U.S. Customs now has seven months to continue its investigation and determine appropriate penalties.
In April 2018, Cambria initiated a petition before the U.S. Commerce Dept. and the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that unfair trading of dumped and government-subsidized Chinese quartz imports harmed American industry and workers by displacing over $1 billion per year of domestic product. Cambria’s petition resulted in U.S. Customs levying duties of up to 500 percent to halt the import of unfairly traded Chinese quartz into the U.S. marketplace.
“This announcement by U.S. Customs confirms that there are U.S. importers who are falsely claiming that their quartz surfaces are not covered by the AD/CVD orders because they are ‘crushed glass’ surfaces,” said Marty Davis, president and CEO of Cambria. “By making these false claims, unscrupulous importers continue to import Chinese merchandise without paying the applicable AD/CVD duties.”