Unregulated tire rims from Thailand seized.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) media release, CBP officers in Minnesota seized 2,500 tire rims from Thailand. The shipment from Thailand was labeled as “steel wheels” but CBP officers instead found wheel rims. Photos of the wheels were sent to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) where it was determined the company was not a registered manufacturer and therefore not admissible.

Image of non NHTSA-approved rims, source: CBP.gov

If you have had your goods seized for this or any other NHTSA violation, contact David Hsu by phone/text at 832-896-6288 or email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com to discuss your options.

Potential antidumping duties on tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam?

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On May 13, 2020, The United Steelworkers (USW) union announced they were filing antidumping and countervailing duty petitions on passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The petition by the USW claims tires from the 4 countries are “dumped” into the US after being made at a much cheaper cost than can be produced by US manufacturers. Potential dumping margins listed in the petition range from as low as 33% to 217%. As you are aware, the USW previously obtained AD/CVD orders on PVLT tires from China in 2015 that led to a drastic reduction of Chinese tire imports. However, the AD/CVD orders had the indirect impact of shifting tire manufacturing to Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The full press release can be found here.

If you have any questions on how the potential antidumping and countervailing duties will impact your business, contact trade attorney David Hsu by phone/text at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com.

China Commerce Ministry begins anti-dumping investigation on synthetic rubber products from the US, EU and South Korea.

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China’s Commerce Ministry said they will begin an anti-dumping investigation on imports of a synthetic rubber product from the United States, South Korea and the European Union. The investigation of ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM) was started by the request of Jilin Petrochemical and Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Elastomers Co. Ltd. EPDM is commonly used in electric cables and tires.

Shipments of EPDM from the US, South Korea and the EU account for about 80% of China’s overall EPDM imports.

Jilin and Shanghai Sinopec claim the prices of EPDM from the U.S., South Korea and European Union are below the prices of the product in the Chinese markets, and the dumping into China had caused harm to them.

While our firm does handle antidumping actions initiated by the US Department of Commerce, I thought it was interesting to read about China initiating an antidumping investigation on US goods.

CBP seizes Chinese tires for NHTSA violations.

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Image of sized tires. Source: cbp.gov

According to a CBP media release, CBP officers in Philadelphia seized tires for violating federal motor vehicle safety standards and regulations. Specifically, the tires were for trailer and mobile home applications and did not contain the mandatory markings that tell important safety information and use for customers. The tires also lacked brand identification that is needed in case a recall occurs.

The media release also further highlights CBP’s function of enforcing the rules and regulations of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in order to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

If you or anyone you know has had a Customs seizure for violations of any type or if you want to ensure your imports are in compliance with the alphabet soup of federal agencies and their endless rules and regulations; contact experienced seizure attorney David Hsu by text/mobile at 832-896-6288 or by email at dh@gjatradelaw.com, attorney.dave@yahoo.com.