Press Release

Commerce Strengthens Rules to Fight Unfair Trade Practices

For Immediate Release 
September 20, 2021
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced modifications to its antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) regulations, which will improve enforcement activities designed to defend U.S. companies from unfair and illegal trade practices.

“The Commerce Department is committed to safeguarding American workers, farmers, and other businesses from foreign actions that undermine free and fair trade,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “These regulations represent the most comprehensive updates to trade enforcement in more than two decades. I thank U.S. industries and interagency partners who contributed through their review and input to this important rulemaking.”

The new regulations apply to various aspects of AD/CVD proceedings, including:

  • Standalone rules governing circumvention inquiries and determinations;
  • Rules for Commerce to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection in combating duty evasion;
  • Rules to prevent abuse of new shipper reviews;
  • Rules updating the procedures and standards for scope inquiries and rulings; and
  • Revised timeline for submitting comments pertaining to industry support.

These final regulations take into consideration comments from the public on the draft regulations, which were published on August 13, 2020. Certain parts of the rule will be effective within 30 days of the September 20, 2021 publication date (October 20, 2021) while other parts will be effective within 45 days (November 4, 2021), as detailed in the rule. For more information on the new regulations, please refer to the Federal Register notice and the updated AD/CVD FAQ section on trade.gov.