Gov't Must Rethink 61% Duty On Vietnamese Oil Pipes

Law360 (February 14, 2020, 6:04 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday ordered the U.S. government to reevaluate a 61% tariff on imports from a Vietnamese oil pipe producer, finding that there wasn't enough evidence to justify calculating brokerage and handling costs based on weight.

In siding with SeAH Steel VINA Corp. and partially overturning a ruling from the U.S. Court of International Trade, a three-judge panel said even though the manufacturer calculated brokerage and handling costs of the oil pipe imports by weight, its agreement with a shipping service provider also contained costs per container.

And Commerce did not sufficiently explain why it chose to calculate surrogate...

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