Upcoming Customs Event


Tuttle Law Offices and DeLeon Trade LLC

Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Webinar for
Importers, Brokers and Attorneys

Date: July 30, 2015  |  Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PDT


The United States imposes antidumping and countervailing (AD/CV) duties to remedy unfair foreign trade practices that cause injury to domestic industries.According to Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) 2014 AD/CVD update, $508.5 million in ADD/CVD deposits was collected in 2014, which was a 12 percent increase from the previous year. This increase in duty collection resulted primarily from audits of importers of ADD/CVD commodities and CBP’s enhanced targeting program. In 2014, CBP conducted 78 audits of importers of AD/CVD commodities identifying ADD/CVD discrepancies with a value of $14.5 million, plus $10.1 million in disclosures, penalties and interest. Commodities involved in the audits include aluminum extrusions, bearings, candles, nails, lock washers, pencils, plastic bags, ribbons, shrimp, solar cells, steel pipe, tires, tissue paper, uncovered innerspring mattress units, wooden bedroom furniture, and wood flooring.

ADD/CVD audits review an importer’s corporate controls over trade compliance and analyze data on a company’s imports to determine the likelihood of noncompliance. ADD/CVD enforcement is an ongoing Priority Trade Issue (PTI) for Customs and Border Protection, and it is committed to ensuring the ADD/CVD laws are enforced, and penalizing importers for failure to declare under 19 USC 1592 for fraud or negligence. For importers, however, identifying goods that are subject to AD/CV duties can be challenging and understanding the process for assessment of these special duties complex and convoluted. 

 Key Takeaways

  • Basic understanding and overview of the ADD/CVD assessment process
  • How to obtain ADD/CVD information and duty rates from GOV websites
  • How to lower ADD/CVD duty liabilities through Scope Rulings and Annual reviews, etc.
  • The impact of Critical Circumstances finding and what it means to importers
  • Tips on how to prepare for ADD/CVD audits from a former U.S. Customs Auditor's perspective
  • Best Practices in corporate controls over trade compliance
  • How to analyze company data
  • How to deal with post entry disclosures and investigations


This webinar will be conducted by George Tuttle, III, Esq., and Cindy DeLeon, Senior Trade Auditor, DeLeon Trade LLC and former U.S. Customs Sr. Auditor and Assistant Field Director.

George Tuttle, III, has over 30 years experience advising clients and litigating matters relating to Customs and Trade remedy matters, including classification, valuation, country-of-origin, special duty exemptions, NAFTA, drawback, regulatory audits and compliance assessments, penalties, and broker compliance.

Cindy Deleon is a former Sr. Auditor and Assistant Field Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Regulatory Audit Division in Chicago. Cindy is founder of Deleon Trade LLC. Cindy utilizes her audit experience to assist clients in strengthening internal control program to ensure U.S. Customs compliance and passing of focused assessments and customs audits. She works with clients to identify risks in import operations and develop compliance manuals and procedures.

Webinar Cost: $ 95 per participant 

1.5 CCS Credits Approved

An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending for approval by the State Bar of California. If approved, this session will be worth 1.5 hours of general credit.