Friday, November 20, 2009

Ask the Wizard: Where Can I Find Antidumping Information?

Each Friday, the Wizard joins us to share an answer to one of the questions asked during the week. This week, we had an interesting question about identifying goods subject to antidumping and/or countervailing duties.

How can I find out if my product is subject to antidumping and/or countervailing duties since the HTSUS does not provide this information?

Wow, this is a great question with a variety of solutions. If you are familiar with the classification process, you know that the Harmonized Tariff Schedule published by the United States International Trade Commission does not provide a list of HTS numbers that are subject to ADD or CVD cases. So, where is this information hiding? Is it some big secret? No, it is just a matter of doing a little detective work to find what you need. Brokers have the ability to obtain information by using ABI to query antidumping/countervailing duty cases by case number, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code or tariff number. Thus, our first option is to ask our broker to query ABI and provide a list.

The International Trade Administration and International Trade Commission have made the job easier by publishing a couple of useful lists on their websites. The lists can be accessed using either the ITA or the USITC websites. The
first list, which is actually found on the USITC website, consists of an Excel spreadsheet that contains the case numbers, order dates, products and countries. The nice thing about this list is that it is short and can be sorted to find cases by country or product. If you need more detail about a case, then the second option, published by the ITA, allows you to search by country. Click on the country and then the product to obtain more detail.

These are a few of the quick ways to find out which products require antidumping and countervailing duties. In fact, Boskage has just developed an advanced HTSUS research tool at, which (among many other helpful tools) brings all of these antidumping elements together in an easy-to-use format. Click here to sign up for a free trial!

Although most of our processes are moving to the electronic environment, the spreadsheet is an excellent quick reference tool to get you started. There is another option; however, we would NOT recommend that you try this one. You can stick your head in the sand, pretend your product isn't subject to antidumping and wait for CBP to send you a bill. With all of the better options we provided, there is no longer any need to hide from antidumping or countervailing issues.

Do you have a question for the Wizard? Submit your question by clicking on the link in the space for “Ask the Wizard.” The Wizard will be enjoying a long Thanksgiving weekend next Friday, so look for the next question and answer session on Friday December 4th.

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