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U.S. CUSTOMS TO HIT SWEATER IMPORTERS WITH DUMPING DUTIES

 U.S. CUSTOMS TO HIT SWEATER IMPORTERS WITH DUMPING DUTIES
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Importers of at least 1.4 million Taiwanese-made sweaters, misidentified by suppliers, will be faced with paying anti-dumping duties, U.S. Commissioner of Customs Carol Hallett said today. Since April of 1990 some suppliers falsely identified the manufacturers of more than $8 million worth of sweaters in order to avoid anti-dumping duties of 4 percent to 24 percent, a Customs Service investigation has revealed. The rate of anti-dumping duty is determined according to the actual manufacturer.
 "We are moving quickly to notify the importing community of the importance of presenting full and complete information," Hallett said. "Importers should be aware of the identities of the actual manufacturers of merchandise as well as sellers and suppliers when presenting commercial invoices at the time of importation. This is a reasonable expectation and it is what importers must do to comply with trade law."
 The Customs Service is investigating previous shipments to identify the actual manufacturers. Effective immediately, entries in which the actual manufacturer is not identified must include a cash deposit equal to 21.3 percent of the entered value.
 "These actions underscore the unyielding commitment of the men and women of the Customs Service to take aggressive action against any attempts to circumvent U.S. trade laws," Hallett added.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Duchesne of the U.S. Customs Service, 202-535-6540/ CO: U.S. Customs Service ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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