Furniture Importer Seeks Refund Of Trump’s China Duties

Law360 (August 20, 2020, 4:00 PM EDT) — A New York-based furniture company sued the federal government Thursday, alleging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has failed to refund duties it paid on imported products that are now excluded from tariffs on Chinese goods implemented in 2018.

Poppin Inc. told the U.S. Court of International Trade that CBP doesn’t get to decide whether or not to refund duties on chairs, seats and office furniture imported from China, based on orders from the U.S. Trade Representative.

USTR definitely decided in February and March that those products would be retroactively excluded from Chinese tariffs, according to the complaint.

“Customs is acting…

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