Company to pay $62.5 million for alleged transshipments to evade dumping duty on Chinese saccharin

Univar USA Inc.  has agreed to pay the United States $62.5 million to settle allegations under the customs penalty statute that it was grossly negligent or negligent when it imported 36 shipments of transshipped saccharin between 2007 and 2012. The saccharin was manufactured in China and transshipped through Taiwan to evade a 329 percent antidumping duty that applied to saccharin from China. The antidumping duty was a remedial measure in response to injury sustained by the domestic saccharin industry by reason of dumping of Chinese saccharin. The transshipment resulted in the evasion of approximately $36 million in antidumping duties. Read more

U.S. reaffirms China’s Non-Market Economy (NME) Status in antidumping case

Recently, the U.S. administration reaffirmed China’s non-market economy (NME) status for antidumping purposes.

The U.S. Commerce Department has instructed Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from U.S. importers of Chinese-made aluminum foil at dumping margins ranging from 96.81 percent to 162.24 percent. Read more

Vietnam shrimp processors urged to diversify exports, as sales to U.S.drop by 23%

In January-April, the U.S. imported over 179,500 tons of shrimp worth US$1.7 billion, up 2.9% in volume and 8% in value compared to the same period last year. However, the U.S. purchased only 14,150 tons of Vietnamese shrimp worth US$155.6 million, declining 23.5% and 23.4% year-on-year, respectively.
As shrimp shipments to the U.S. have been in decline, Vietnamese exporters are advised to find ways to export their products to other countries.
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) pointed out that Vietnam’s shrimp exports to the U.S. have been declining although U.S. shrimp purchases from elsewhere have surged.
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