Jeff Zeng, President of Blue Furniture Solutions in Miramar, Florida signed a plea agreement in March admitting his participation in a plan to avoid payment of tariffs.
As you are aware – furniture from China, especially wooden bedroom furniture is subject to antidumping and countervailing duties. Most importers attempt to avoid the duties by shipping the goods from China to Vietnam/Malaysia/Indonesia and relabeling the boxes as any other country but China – a practice known as transshipment.
However, Blue Furniture Solutions and instead tried to get around the duties (as high as 216% percent) by submitting customs forms mislabeling their furniture. Most likely they reported the country of origin as some place other than China.
If you are a furniture importer and are interested in looking at ways to save on duties – there are some ways our firm can help. Email antidumping and countervailing duty attorney David at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 832.896.6288 for a free, confidential consultation.