Customs Used Wrong Rate On Canadian Screws, CIT Finds

Law360, New York (January 14, 2013, 6:41 PM EST) -- The U.S. Court of International Trade sided with a Canadian fastener manufacturer on Monday, ruling that the U.S. government misclassified the company's imports of steel screws and wrongly imposed a higher duty rate.

Senior Judge Judith M. Barzilay said U.S. Customs and Border Protection incorrectly labeled GRK Canada Ltd.'s steel threaded screws as “other wood screws” rather than “self-tapping steel screws.” The mistake bumped GRK's duties from 6.2 percent to 12.5 percent, the court said.

After deciding that the government's actual classification and GRK's preferred classification...
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