May 6, 2015
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP was mentioned in the Inside U.S. Trade article “Customs Bills Give Boost to U.S. Producers Seeking Unpaid AD Duties.” Members of Kelley Drye’s International Trade and Government Relations groups pushed to include a provision in customs bills passed by the congressional trade committees in April, that forces Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to pay the domestic industry full interest on uncollected duties of honey, crawfish, garlic and mushrooms from China between the years of 2000 to 2006. This provision was added as an amendment to the House customs bill, H.R. 1907, during an April 23 markup by the House Ways & Means Committee. The amendment, which was offered by Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), was approved by a voice vote and was the only successful amendment to the bill. In the Senate, the provision was originally proposed in an amendment filed by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) ahead of the Finance Committee's April 22 markup of the customs bill, S. 1015. The amendment was subsequently incorporated in the chairman's mark released prior to the markup. The inclusion of the provision in both bills represents a victory for domestic producers, who have been fighting for years to get CBP to collect unpaid AD duties on imports.
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