Customs Border and Protection finds that six companies transhipped products to U.S. evade duties
October 6, 2022 | 7:37 pm CDT

Image from Uni-Tile & Marble's website.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a final affirmative determination as to evasion pursuant to the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA).

According to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, six U.S. importers were “involved in a scheme to transship wooden cabinets from China through Malaysia to avoid the payment of antidumping and countervailing duties.”

The six importers in question are: 

  • Uni-Tile & Marble Inc.
  • Durian Kitchen Depot Inc.
  • Kingway Construction and Supplies Co. Inc.
  • Lonlas Building Supply Inc.
  • Maika’i Cabinet & Stone Inc.
  • Top Kitchen Cabinet Inc.

According to the notice of determination, “In light of CBP’s determination that Uni-Tile & Marble Inc., Durian Kitchen Depot Inc., Kingway Construction and Supplies Co. Inc., Lonlas Building Supply Inc., Maika’i Cabinet & Stone Inc., and Top Kitchen Cabinet Inc. entered covered merchandise into the customs territory of the United States through evasion … CBP will suspend or continue to suspend the entries subject to this investigation until instructed to liquidate these entries. “

CBP initiated this investigation in response to an EAPA allegation filed by the American Kitchen Cabinets Alliance on October 13, 2021. As a result of its affirmative determination, CBP will suspend liquidation of the entries of merchandise by the six importers so that the appropriate amount of antidumping and countervailing duties can be paid. CBP may also “purse” additional enforcement actions or penalties.

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