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U.S. company settles alleged false statements on customs declarations

Alleged false statements on customs declarations

The U.S. Justice Department announced that a company headquartered in Tennessee agreed to pay $500,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by making false statements on customs declarations in an effort to avoid paying antidumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China.

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As noted in the Justice Department release, the settlement agreement resolves allegations that the company evaded antidumping duties owed on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China between 2009 and 2014, by misclassifying the furniture as non-bedroom furniture on its official import documents. At that time, wooden bedroom furniture from China was subject to a 216% antidumping duty (whereas non-bedroom furniture was not subject to any antidumping duty).

The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed in the Western District of Texas by a competitor under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act.

 

For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 | dzuvich@kpmg.com

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 | asiciliano@kpmg.com

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