American aluminium trade group The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) yesterday greeted the news that the Federal government determined that imports from Chinese firm Sun Bright International Corporation and Fair Importing Corporation constitute illicit transshipment of extruded aluminium into the United States.
Earlier this week U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released results of its Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigation into the firm’s imports into the United States, finding that such imports, marked as products of Malaysia, actually began life at Chinese factories.
“We want to thank U.S Customs and Border Patrol for this fantastic outcome, and victory for the EAPA program,” said AEC president Jeff Henderson. “Transshippers like these companies should know we will continue to locate and bring to justice those that seek to evade U.S. trade laws and the AEC’s aluminum extrusion orders against China.”
The CPB launched twin investigations in February, one against Sun Bright and a second against Fair Importing. According to the CBP’s report, Sun Bright made “material false statements” about its imports, leading it to avoid the legally-mandated cash deposits for Chinese imports. CPB noted the incomplete responses and unwillingness to cooperate with the investigation by both Sun Bright and Fair Importing.
“Those importers and exporters that seek to undermine our orders will be caught and punished for circumventing U.S. law,” said Henderson. Importers need to keep in mind that they will be held responsible for unpaid duties and possible fines.”
As a result of CPB’s investigation, aluminium extrusions imported by Malaysian importer CK Aluminium (through whom Sun Bright’s imports passed on their way to United States ports) will be required to post the cash deposits mandated of importers from the People’s Republic of China.
CPB warned that the close of these investigations did not necessarily close the book on enforcement against any of the named companies, noting that they or other agencies continue to reserve the right to impose further sanctions as they see fit.