US Seeks $400K Over Non-NAFTA Clothing Import Claim

Law360, New York (January 11, 2017, 3:44 PM EST) -- The U.S. government on Tuesday hit a Canadian sportswear company with a $400,000 suit alleging it dodged import duties by falsely claiming a North American Free Trade Act exemption.

In its U.S. Court of International Trade complaint, the government said Montreal-based Valia Sportswear Ltd. imported what it claimed were duty- and merchandise processing fee-free goods that were actually made from yarn imported from a non-NAFTA country.

“Valia knew, or should have known, that the wearing apparel was not entitled to duty-free and MPF-free treatment as NAFTA-originating...
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