Wire makers push Hill to act on import fraud

Jun 27, 2013 | 02:49 PM | Samuel Frizell

Tags  American Wire Producers Association, House of Representative, ENFORCE act, Customs and Border Protection, wire imports, H.O. Woltz III, John Martin III, Insteel Industries Inc. American Spring Wire Corp.

NEW YORK — The American Wire Producers Association (AWPA) and leaders in the domestic wire industry met with members of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to better enforce existing trade laws, which critics say importers have been circumnavigating for years.

"Customs is not doing their job, to be blunt," John Martin III, chief executive officer of Mar-Mac Wire Inc., McBee, S.C., and president of the AWPA, told AMM on the sidelines of the Wire and Wire Products Caucus briefing June 26. "They have all the tools, they have all the powers; they’re just not using them."

Avoidance of import duties is widespread in the wire sector, industry leaders told legislators. Importers who have been slapped with anti-dumping or countervailing duties, particularly players from China, routinely avoid duties by shipping their products via third-party countries or by making minor modifications to products so they do not technically qualify as imports subject to duties, AWPA members said.....

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