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Blogs

  • Thomas Russell

    Sourcing Strategies by Tom Russell

    Thomas Russell

    August 23, 2017

    U.S. government appears to step up antidumping duty enforcement

    In a recent blog I wrote about the issue of antidumping duty collection as addressed by two industry customs and compliance experts who spoke about antidumping enforcement at the June 2017 Logistics Symposium. The experts, Steve Fodor, of Customs Services & Solutions, and Venetia Huffman, of CV International, predicted that U.S. Customs and Border Protection will increase its efforts to collect duties on a variety of products, including wooden bedroom from China and uncovered innerspring units from China, Vietnam and South Africa. Their predictions are already starting to come true. In mid-August, a year after authority began for investigating under ...

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  • Thomas Russell

    Sourcing Strategies by Tom Russell

    Thomas Russell

    July 24, 2017

    Collecting antidumping duties: What is the net effect for furniture?

    The issue of millions of dollars in uncollected duties came into sharper focus during Furniture Today’s recent Logistics Symposium. During a panel presentation at that event, two customs and compliance experts gave some stark warnings regarding the administration’s stance on duty enforcement. President Trump made this abundantly clear in early March with an executive order that seeks to boost enforcement and collection of antidumping and countervailing duties that take aim at unfairly priced imports and thus help domestic manufacturers compete in a global environment. Some of the latest estimates peg these uncollected duties at more than $2.3 ...

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  • Clint Engel

    Clint's Notes

    Clint Engel

    December 29, 2016

    My mom is too old for Ikea?

    My mom is 82, and she loves Ikea. Her dining room group -- Ikea. Bedroom furniture (except for the nifty new adjustable foundation from Ashley HomeStore) -- Ikea.* Her living room? OK, the upholstery is Ekornes. Still, those little sloping footrests that go with the reclining sofa — Ikea, as she didn’t really want to dish out hundreds more for the real thing. Office furniture — Ikea. Even her plates and napkins come from Ikea. All this is to point out that apparently my mother is an outlier. According to a consumer survey conducted by lender Earnest, the peak age for shopping that ...

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