For Immediate Release: May 25, 2011
Contact: Lorri Crowley(202) 482-3809
Import Administration Highlights Enforcement of Trade Remedy Laws
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ronald Lorentzen Highlights Anti-Circumvention Efforts
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration Ronald K. Lorentzen testified this morning before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security on the issue of the evasion of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders and the Commerce Department’s efforts to enforce the trade remedy laws.
“Commerce administers the AD and CVD laws which are designed to counter unfair trade practices that injure U.S. industries in our domestic market,” Lorentzen said. “We will continue to work actively with our partner agencies to minimize evasion of AD and CVD duties.”
The Import Administration is the International Trade Administration’s unit in charge of enforcing trade laws and agreements to prevent unfairly traded imports and to safeguard jobs and the competitive strength of American industry.
Commerce currently has 298 AD and CVD orders in place, covering over 120 products from 39 countries. Pursuant to its statutory authority, Import Administration is currently investigating seven allegations of circumvention of AD/CVD orders on imports of various steel, textile, industrial, chemical and paper products.
The full text of Deputy Assistant Secretary Lorentzen’s testimony is at www.trade.gov/press/testimony
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