Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Interactive Training Course on Forced Labor

The International Trade Administration (ITA) has developed an interactive training course to help U.S. firms and the public understand the laws and regulations that prevent goods made with forced labor from entering the United States. See the interactive training entitled Human Trafficking: Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains on ITA’s Forced Labor in Supply Chains webpage.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

VE Source Fined $7.6

On August 2, 2022, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced that a Monmouth County, New Jersey, company will pay $7.6 million under a consent judgement for its role in making false statements to obtain government contracts that were set aside businesses owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.

As alleged in the government’s complaint:

"VE Source LLC, based in Shrewsbury, New Jersey; the company’s owners, Sherman Barton and Christopher Neary; and a related entity, Vertical Source LLC, defrauded the federal government by falsely claiming that VE Source was eligible for government contracts that were set aside for companies owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans. VE Source obtained contracts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a component of the U.S. Department of Defense, totaling more than $16.5 million. By obtaining contracts for which they were ineligible, the government alleged that VE Source, Neary, and Barton undercut the express Congressional purpose in enacting laws intended to encourage the awards of federal contracts to businesses owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans."

Read more HERE

Flame-Resistant Coverall Contract Awarded

Excel Garment Manufacturing Ltd., El Paso, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $25,801,200 modification (P00009) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-20-D-1248) with four one-year option periods for improved flame-resistant coveralls. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is Aug. 18, 2023. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

$3.64 Million Settlement Aagainst Menswear Company for Underpaying Customs Duties

On August 11, 2022, Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, AnnMarie Highsmith, Executive Assistant Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection's ("CBP") Office of Trade, and Francis Russo, Director, CBP Field Operations New York, announced that the United States has filed and settled a civil lawsuit against Luchiano Visconti Loutie LLC d/b/a Luchiano Visconti ("LUCHIANO VISCONTI"), a New York-based company that imports and sells men’s apparel to retailers, as well as its manager, SASHA HOURIZADEH ("HOURIZADEH"). The settlement resolves claims that LUCHIANO VISCONTI and HOURIZADEH (collectively, "Defendants") defrauded the United States by falsely underreporting to CBP the value of apparel imported from overseas in order to avoid paying customs duties owed on the goods.

LUCHIANO VISCONTI did not pay over $1.8 million in customs duties that it was obligated to pay on the menswear.

In connection with the filing of the lawsuit and settlement, the Government joined a whistleblower lawsuit that had previously been filed under seal pursuant to the False Claims Act. The government has not announced how much of the fine will go to the whisteblower.

Read more HERE.

Certain Polyester Staple Fiber From South Korea and Taiwan

On August 12, 2022, the U.S. International Trade Commission published in the Federal Register (87 FR 49886) [Investigation Nos. 731-TA-825-826 (Fourth Review)] Certain Polyester Staple Fiber From South Korea and Taiwan.

On the basis of the record developed in the subject five-year reviews, the United States International Trade Commission determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, that revocation of the antidumping duty orders on certain polyester staple fiber from South Korea and Taiwan would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States within a reasonably foreseeable time.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board; Notice of Open Meeting

On August 10, 2022, the National Institute of Standards and Technology published in the Federal Register (87 FR 48623) Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board; Notice of open meeting.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Navy and Air Force Women's Coverall Contract Awarded

Carter Industries Inc.,* Olive Hill, Kentucky, has been awarded a maximum $16,446,258 modification (P00015) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-20-D-1238) with two one-year option periods for women’s coveralls. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is New York, with an Aug. 11, 2023, ordering period end date. Using military services are Navy and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small business